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On February 12, 2013, Governor Corbett proposed to use the $1 billion in proceeds from the sale of the state’s liquor system to create a Passport for Learning Block Grant, to be divided among Pennsylvania’s school districts over four years.  Grant funds can be used for four, student-focused initiatives:  school safety; “Ready by 3;” individualized learning programs; and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
 
Eligibility for the Passport for Learning Block Grant is contingent on the submission of a grant application that provides the following information:

a.  Reference to the program or activities for which the funds will be used.
b.  Identification of whether the funds will be used to establish, maintain or
     expand the program or activities referenced in the plan.
c.  A brief description of the program or activities for which the funds will be used.
d.  A description of how ongoing costs will be supported at the conclusion of the grant program, if the
     application proposed to use the grant funds for ongoing activities and costs.

To administer the grant program, the Department of Education is authorized to use up to five one-hundredths of one percent (0.05%) of the money available from the proceeds received from the divestiture of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s retail and wholesale operations.

The proposed allocation for the grant is based on a student-focused funding supplement calculated as the sum of the following:

1. A Per Student Factor calculated by multiplying $260 by the school district’s funding year average daily membership (ADM) multiplied by its market value/personal income aid ratio (MV/PI AR) for the school year prior to the school year in which payments are made.

2. An English Language Learner Factor calculated by multiplying $39 by the number of students in the school district identified as limited English proficient in the funding year multiplied by its MV/PI AR for the school year prior to the school year in which payments are made.

3. A Poverty Factor calculated by multiplying $65 by the number of students in the school district eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program as reported on October 31 of the funding year multiplied by its MV/PI AR for the school year prior to the school year in which payments are made.

Payments shall be made according to a schedule determined by the Department each time the Secretary of the Budget certifies that a sufficient amount is available for distribution to all school districts.  If insufficient funds are available, payments shall be made on a prorata basis.

2014-15 Proposed Passport for Learning Block Grant Allocations (Excel)