Archive - Oct 11, 2011 - News Article
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The group of eight to 10 youngsters, in their early teens, surrounded the smaller group of middle-school-aged children at Harmon Field a few weeks ago, and wouldnâ€™t let them leave the circle. But it wasnâ€™t a game.
The surrounding youngsters taunted the others with foul language and racial epithets. They told the surrounded youngsters that they didnâ€™t belong here, because they come from a family of mixed races, white and black.
Then it happened again, shortly after the childrenâ€™s mother filed a report with police.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Exactly what a violation of someoneâ€™s civil rights is was explained during an assembly at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School Tuesday.
â€śThe practice or policy of discrimination ... foments domestic strife and unrest, threatens the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of the Commonwealth, and undermines the foundation of a free democratic state,â€ť said Robert G. Flipping Jr., intake and education and community services supervisor for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Students in the Punxsutawney Area School District meeting adequate yearly progress (AYP) on the PSSA exams is not a new development: They have been doing so for years, according to Richard Galluzzi, director of federal programs and curriculum.
"I'm so happy to announce this every year," he said Tuesday. "This town needs to be proud of its teachers and its students. They work hard and listen to the teachers."
Monday, Galluzzi told the Punxsutawney Area School Board that in 2010 and 2011, students achieved AYP across the board, and Tuesday, he detailed some of the results.