SCRANTON, December 21, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake and State Rep. Marty Flynn today announced an additional $2 million in state funding support for the Scranton School District.

“This additional $2 million in state funding is provided out of sincere concern for the Scranton School District’s 10,000 students and their families; the district’s hard-working teachers; and, of course, for the city’s taxpayers,” Blake said. “We look forward to continued work with the PA Department of Education; members of the school board; and the Scranton Federation of Teachers as we try to stabilize the district’s finances and ensure efficiency and sustainability going forward.”

Blake and Flynn informed Scranton School Board members and Superintendent Dr. Alexis Kirijan of the additional state funding on a conference call earlier this afternoon. Earlier this year the district entered Financial Watch Status under the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

“Since the Financial Watch Status was announced, we have been working diligently to provide much-needed, and additional financial support to the District. The funding was made possible due to a bipartisan budget effort in the PA Senate and House.” Blake added. “Sincere thanks must be extended to Governor Tom Wolf, Budget Secretary Randy Albright, Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Vince Hughes and Rep. Marty Flynn for all of your help in ensuring this critically needed funding came to the Scranton School District.”

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