A representative of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights will appear in Palo Alto to explain the legal rights of students and parents in bullying situations tonight, May 16.
The parent-education event, to be held at Ohlone Elementary School, will cover the law surrounding discriminatory bullying, what the Office for Civil Rights does and how people can file a complaint.
In December, the Office for Civil Rights found that the Palo Alto school district's mishandling of a middle-school bullying case violated a student's civil rights and the district entered into a "resolution agreement" with the federal agency to correct the problems. The OCR currently is investigating at least two other cases of alleged discrimination in the district.
The Office for Civil Rights will not comment on the December case or on any other investigations in Thursday's session, which is strictly for the purpose of parent education.
The event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Ohlone, 950 Amarillo Ave., is cosponsored by the Community Advisory Council for Special Education, Parent Advocates for Student Success, the Student Equity Action Network and We Can Do Better Palo Alto.
The school district was initially a co-sponsor, but withdrew its support out of fears the event would be used to encourage additional civil rights complaints against the district, according to Superintendent Kevin Skelly.