By State Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso, R-Allegheny/Westmoreland
From the start of the pandemic, I have pushed for normalcy for our students. Youth were champions navigating this pandemic. They stayed home for virtual learning and wore masks when it was time to return to the classroom; however, they have suffered enough and it’s time to ensure they continue to learn in a normal environment.
Many students have struggled with their education. Whether they couldn’t navigate their virtual classes, or couldn’t focus with a mask on, they have struggled. These are our future doctors, firefighters, legislators, teachers and so much more – they deserve to get the best education possible.
Not only their education, but their overall development has been disrupted tremendously and likely with long-term consequences. Our children shouldn’t be forced to suffer when there are options available to help them learn well and safely.
That’s why I introduced the In-Person Education Act. It would allow all students across the Commonwealth equal access to in-person instruction. While many schools have been successfully offering in-person instruction, more than 40% of Pennsylvania’s 500 public schools still have no in-person instruction option.
This legislation requires schools that do not offer the in-person option to provide families with the ability to use their child’s share of state education funding to access educational alternatives. Why would any educator question this when the main objective for a fair, equitable education has always been to ensure no child is left behind?
Disadvantaged students are hurt most in times like these. There are public schools with adequate space and facilities for social distancing to allow for a safe re-entry back to in-person learning. I want all kids to thrive in the setting that is best for them.
As a graduate of a public school and a mother of three children who attend public school, the last thing I want to do is hurt public schools. I believe this legislation will benefit schools, students and parents who expect answers from those they trust to educate their loved ones. Students need their peers and their teachers. They need social interaction and extracurricular activities. All children deserve a quality education, and it’s time that their ability to attend school in person is a priority.
Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso
33rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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