HARRISBURG (AP) – The president of PA’s largest teachers union is expressing support for in-person instruction in the fall. PA State Education Association President Rich Askey calls an in-person return to school a “top priority” now that many teachers have been vaccinated and older children have become eligible for the COVID-19 shot. Askey’s statement came days after the leaders of the nation’s two major teachers unions called for a full return to in-person learning. Most PA schools have already resumed at least some in-person instruction, though some are sticking with virtual learning at least through the end of the current academic year.

RICH ASKEY