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School reopening in south central region subject of hearing today

By John McPhaul


In order to investigate the situation of public schools with regard to the upcoming start of in-person classes in the municipalities that comprise the Senate District of Ponce, the South Central Region Development Committee, chaired by Sen. Ramón Ruíz Nieves, will hold a public hearing today to identify measures and actions to take, the senator said Monday.

“All the communities of Puerto Rico are waiting for clear and precise information on the proposed start of in-person classes in public schools,” said Ruíz Nieves, the Ponce District senator. “Particularly in the southern region, which is the district that I represent as a senator, it is vitally important that we have all the information. With this public hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, we hope to move forward in that regard.”

Ruíz Nieves is also the author of Senate Resolution 43, which promotes today’s 1 p.m. hearing in the María Martínez Room of the Capitol. The Department of Education, the Public Buildings Authority and the Office of Public School Improvement have been invited to testify.

“The Senate considers it vitally important to address the situation in these municipalities, and especially those of the South Central Region,” reads the measure in its statement of purpose. “This investigation will provide the necessary tools to face the new reality in Puerto Rico and the responsibility, if any, of the pertinent governmental entities in duly addressing these needs for the proper development and progress of this District.”

Legislative research will focus in particular on the areas of infrastructure, public roads, transportation, tourism sector development, housing, health facilities, employment, education, sports and recreational facilities, security and essential services, among other issues.

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced Monday a new executive order for the reopening of schools. Nevertheless, some decisions about the specific schools to reopen are in the hands of Education Secretary-designate Elba Aponte Santos.

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