HARRISBURGHouse Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor of York County issued a statement announcing his intentions to require school districts, community colleges, technical schools, and universities to return to in-person instruction as a condition of receiving state funding. Saylor said, Many schools in Pennsylvania have worked hard over the past year to keep their doors open to students while providing a safe learning environment. They should be commended. Unfortunately, we continue to see too many special interests and others fighting to keep other schools closed to in-person instruction. We appropriate over $16.6 billion from the state’s General Fund to support PreK-12 and higher education. If school districts, technical schools, community colleges or universities do not open their doors to full-time, in-person instruction, working with my colleagues, I will push to ensure the School Code prohibits them from accessing these dollars.” A national study released in December found that K-5 students learned only 67% of the math and 87% of the reading that grade-level peers would typically have learned by the fall.