As part of the Recovery Act, $4.6 billion has been made available for Pennsylvania as of July 9 from the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services. In total, $645.980,914 will be given to Philadelphia County. The stimulus funds will be distributed among the following areas: education, energy, environment, other infrastructure/housing, public safety, transportation infrastructure and the workforce.
(charts compliments of The Recovery Act in Pennsylvania)
Of the totally, $406,915,996 will be dedicated to education. All of the three charter schools in West Oak Lane were granted funds. West Oak Lane Charter School, housing grades K-8, will receive $547,370. Hope Charter School, housing grades 9-12, will receive $284,810. Imhotep Institute Charter High School, housing grades 9-12, will receive $387,164.
These funds will be used to expand Title I reading and math services, implement a Title I summer school or extended day program, provide intensive professional development for teachers and more.
The School District of Philadelphia as a whole will receive approximately $348,302,283. How the funds will exactly be distributed between school in the School District of Philadelphia was not determined by the official Recovery Act in Pennsylvania Web site.
However, schools outside of the School District of Philadelphia, such as the three charter schools in West Oak Lane, are receiving part of the money that was dedicated to the school district. Concerning special education, with the help of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) West Oak Lane Charter School will receive and estimated $131,395, Hope Charter School will receive an estimated $33,172 and Imhotep Institue Charter School will receive an estimated $201,199.
Samantha Krotzer and Andy Whitlatch