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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 24, 2021 09:47 AM
From: Representative Carrie Lewis DelRosso
To: All House members
Subject: In-Person Education Act
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that give students across the Commonwealth equal access to in-person instruction.
Some Pennsylvania students have flourished in virtual or hybrid school settings, yet many others are suffering in their academic, social, and emotional development after a full year of disrupted learning due to the pandemic. 
While many schools have been successfully offering in-person instruction, more than 40% of Pennsylvania 500 public school districts still have no in-person instruction option, using entirely remote learning systems. Despite warnings from health care experts and calls from national leaders to safely allow students back into the classrooms, too many are being denied access to in-person education options.
Both the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics warn that closed schools present significant short- and long-term harm to children, ranging from academic setbacks to depression to substance use, physical inactivity, and abuse.

My legislation would not require students to attend in-person instruction, nor would it require schools to offer in-person instruction.  It simply says that schools with no in-person instruction must give families an option to use their child’s share of state education funding to access educational alternatives. This would help ensure every child in every family in every community has equal opportunity to attend the school that’s best for them.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1254