OPRF concerns to be heard Thursday

?Oak Park and River Forest High School parents and community members, frustrated by treatment at the school, will have a forum where their concerns may be heard this week.

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Oak Park and River Forest High School parents and community members, frustrated by treatment at the school, will have a forum where their concerns may be heard this week.

A hearing of the state Elementary & Secondary Education Committee has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, on floor 16, room 503, of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago.

The subject, according to the committee's website, concerns "treatment of African-American students in the Oak Park School District. Testimony will be provided by various interested parties."

The hearing relates to concerns raised by special education programs at OPRF, said Steve Brown, a state spokesman. Representatives of Oak Park parent groups said they would testify.

"I think the chairman hopes they'll be able to foster some better communication between school officials and parents," Brown said.

State Rep. Calvin Giles, whose 8th District covers part of Oak Park and who chairs the committee, could not be reached for comment. Brown expected that all interested people would be able to testify.

?#34;Drew Carter

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