Public Invited to Hear District Response to Discrimination Claims
HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission will continue an investigatory public hearing later this month to examine community reports of racial tension and discrimination in the Reading School District.
The hearing began with three days of public comment in Sept. 2010 and will continue with an opportunity for testimony from school district personnel. The next session will be held Feb. 24 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Reading Opportunity Center for Children, 800 Penn St., Reading. If postponement becomes necessary, the hearing will continue Feb. 25 at the same time and location.
The hearing has focused on issues surrounding equal educational and employment opportunity and school safety in the Reading School District. Earlier sessions included testimony from education experts and 44 district students, parents and employees.
Commissioners voted to hold the hearing after area students, parents and other community members expressed concerns to the commission. The Pa. Human Relations Act gives the commission legal authority to hold such hearings and make recommendations to identify and resolve racial tension or discrimination wherever it exists.
Special accommodations for people with disabilities are available on request to 717-787-4410 or email@example.com. Spanish translation will be provided.
Media contact: Shannon Powers, 717-783-8266
SOURCE Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission