School districts in York County could get millions in one-time funding through the sale of the state’s liquor stores, according to numbers released by the state on Tuesday.
Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed privatizing the state’s liquor stores and directing the proceeds to education. The funds, an estimated $1 billion over four years, would be doled out through the Passport for Learning Block Grant, starting in 2014-15.
The funds could be used by districts in four areas, according to a news release: enhancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs; early learning programs aimed at ensuring students are on grade level by third grade; competency-based education programs based on a student’s mastery of specific course content; and school safety and security efforts.
Corbett has cautioned that the grants would be one-time funding and should be used as such.
Tim Eller, state education department spokesman, said the money would be distributed based on a formula that includes “student membership and student characteristics.”
According to estimates released Tuesday, the York City School District would stand to benefit the most, projected to receive about $7.5 million over four years, starting with about $1.5 million in 2014-15.
The Hanover Public School District would receive the least, about $831,000 over the four years of the program. Most county districts would get in the range of $1 million to $3 million over four years.
The document released by the state note that the numbers are estimates only and will be adjusted as data is updated.
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