WYCC PBS Chicago Presents a Line-Up of Fall Programming Focused on Education to include the In the Loop: Education Special; American Graduate Day 2014; and Dropping Back In


WYCC PBS Chicago joins forces with 80 other public television stations across the country to address the U.S. High School Drop-Out Rate


Chicago – September 24, 2014 -- WYCC PBS Chicago presents a Fall 2014 line-up of programming dedicated to thought-provoking and controversial topics in education beginning with an In the Loop,Education Special premiering, Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm.  In the Loop repeats at 1:00 am and Sundays at 6:30 pm.

This In the Loop:Education Special takes a look at a growing national concern 60 years after the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, to examine the new “separate and unequal.”  The half-hour program examines this developing trend among local Chicago public schools, checks into the new CPS policy regarding discipline, the latest funding for the Safe Passage program and provides a comparative overview of public and charter schools. Miguel del Valle, Commissioner of the Illinois Commerce Commission is featured on the panel with Lorraine Forte, Editor in Chief of Catalyst Chicago and educational consultant, Duane Turner.

WYCC PBS Chicago has also partnered with the national American Graduate Day 2014 campaign which airs Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm featuring four hours of back-to back programming. 

In its third year, American Graduate Day, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) initiative, was designed to address America’s high school drop-out crisis. While the national graduation rate for students graduating on time is the highest since 1974 at 78.2% nationwide, according to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, the dropout rate is still “unsustainably high for a knowledge-based economy and still unacceptably high in our African-American, Latino, and Native-American communities.” On this marathon day of programming, WYCC PBS Chicago will join forces with 80 other public television stations across the country. American Graduate Day 2014 will feature special guests: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; General Colin Powell and Alma Powell; Tony Bennett; Juju Chang; Stone Phillips and Sesame Street’s Elmo among others. 

WYCC PBS Chicago is pleased to present the “call-to-action” campaign which features more than 40 local and national community partners showing how local organizations provide support, prevention and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools. Beginning August 25th, WYCC has anchoredAmerican Graduate Day with “Stories of Champions,” a series of profiles which spotlight local leaders and influential figures who have successfully supported campaigns to keep students on the path to graduation.WYCC local heroes include Elizabeth Dozier, Principal of Christian Fenger High School; Monica Haslip, Founder of Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy; Sarah Atlas, Assistant Education Director at Marwen; and Marvin Bembry, President of the North Chicago Chamber of Commerce.  The television spots highlighting our local champions will introduce the broadcast at 9:56 am and repeat at 2:00 pm.

WYCC PBS Chicago urges local educators, parents, students and community members to tune-in to find out how they can learn more and create change in their communities.

On Sunday, October 5 at 10:30 am, WYCC PBS Chicago presents a new series, Dropping Back In. Consisting of four, half-hour documentary programs, Dropping Back In takes a look at the huge personal and societal costs of dropping out. The series profiles some of America’s dropouts who have come to understand the issues they face and viewers learn about the people and institutions helping individuals drop back in and move on with their education and lives. Two programs within the series highlight the work of educational institutions in Chicago – Pedro Albizu Campos High School and City Colleges of Chicago.

Episode two, Dropping Back In - More Than a Statistic, airing Sunday, October 12 at 10:30 am, takes a look at alternative schools and programs designed to reach young dropouts as soon as possible and evaluates the correlation between the time students are absent from school and the mounting challenges they face returning.  Pedro Albizu Campos High School in Chicago is featured.  Located in a Puerto Rican neighborhood, the school uses a cultural and community focus to help young dropouts return to school and graduate.

Episode four, Dropping Back In - Working for the Future, airing Sunday, October 26th at 10:30 am, highlights successful programs offered through the City Colleges of Chicago. The network of community colleges has created numerous innovative programs to help students who have dropped out continue their education.  The City College of Chicago College Success Seminar improves outcomes for underprepared students, including many with high school equivalencies. Part of the segment will profile a remarkable young couple, Nanci Bautista and Marco Salse who came to the United States from Mexico. As immigrants, they dropped out of school until they learned that their job opportunities would be limited. Through the City Colleges of Chicago Gateway program, which supports undocumented immigrant’s eligible to receive residency with a diploma or equivalency, they earned their GED in June 2013.

For more information about programming on WYCC PBS Chicago, visitwww.wycc.org

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