Governor Ed Rendell: More Opportunities Coming for Latinos in Reading

We caught up with Governor Ed Rendell this past weekend as he visited the 20th Annual Latin American Festival on Saturday afternoon.

We asked him about his hopes for the Latino community in Reading.

“Cities all over Pennsylvania have begun the process of revitalizing with state help,” he said, “but nobody has done it better than Reading. As that revitalizaton continues to roll out, we’re going to see more economic opportunities for the Latino community here in Reading.”

What about help for the Latino American children of Reading? Governor Rendell wants to continue to fund early childhood education to cut the gap between minority and majority achievement, and roll out a program called “Cover All Kids,” which aims to provide health care insurance for children who lack coverage.

In the coming days, we’ll be sharing excerpts from an interview with an up-and-coming leader in the Reading Latino American community, Hip-Hop expert and cultural visionary Tito Rivera.

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