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WTVP to Broadcast “Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century”

Tuesday, August 17th, 2008


Airdate: Monday, September 15th at 9pm


In 1995, America’s college graduation rate was second in the world. Ten years later, it ranked 15th. As so many nations around the world continue to improve their systems of education, America can no longer afford to maintain the status quo. In an ever-changing, increasingly competitive global economy, is the U.S. doing all it can to prepare its students to enter the workforce and maintain a robust economy?

WHERE WE STAND: America’s Schools in the 21st Century examines the major challenges for U.S. schools in the face of global competitiveness. Airing on Monday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. and again on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. on WTVP, the one-hour program will look at five major topics:

  • Teacher training,

  • Measuring student progress,

  • Preparing students for a future in a rapidly changing world,

  • Ensuring that all students achieve, and

  • The current school funding system.

Hosted by Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, the documentary visits a range of socioeconomic and geographic school districts. The program features schools in the state of Ohio, an important swing state, and focuses on schools in urban Cincinnati, suburban Columbus, and rural Belpre.

WHERE WE STAND introduces students, parents, teachers and administrators whose stories illustrate the overwhelming odds and shining successes of education in America. They include Bin Che, an educator from mainland China who teaches Mandarin in rural Ohio; Cherese Clark, principal of a high-poverty school struggling under the pressure of low test scores; and Alex Perry, who, at age 16, has already taken three college-level math classes. Several nationally recognized education experts and leading proponents of educational reform will put these examples in context.

WHERE WE STAND is airing at a critical time in our country’s history. Along with its companion website and a variety of dynamic outreach activities across the country, the program will inspire a national dialogue about how America educates its children.

WHERE WE STAND has been made possible by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


For further information contact Janet McGrath, (309) 495-0593 or janet.mcgrath@wtvp.org



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