Press Releases


February 21, 2013

On March 13 at 4:30 p.m., Milwaukee Public Television, in partnership with Milwaukee Area Technical College, will present a free preview of 180 DAYS: A YEAR INSIDE AN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL. This event will be held at Discovery World, located at 500 N. Harbor Drive in Milwaukee and is open to the public.

This documentary is part of the American Graduate Initiative and takes viewers on a uniquely intimate journey through a year in the lives of students, teachers and school leaders in a Washington D.C. public high school. Produced by the National Black Programming Consortium, 180 DAYS: A YEAR INSIDE AN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL offers a first-hand account of life inside our nation's school reform movement. The documentary explores the challenges facing at-risk youth, their teachers and educational leaders. Their stories present an intimate portrait of a public school that attempts to make a difference in the lives of students. The documentary is framed by volatile national and local politics aimed at reforming this most fundamental of public institutions, but the lives at the center of 180 DAYS, most especially those of the five students whose stories take the viewer from day one to day 180, seem at once deeply impacted by and yet profoundly separate from `Race to the Top'.

The one hour preview of 180 DAYS will be followed by a discussion focusing on local concerns and possible solutions to the high school dropout challenges. Among the panel participants are local leaders in education such as Jody Bloyer, Principal of Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School in Milwaukee; Valencia Brown, Assistant Dean in the School of Pre College at MATC; and Gerard Randall, Executive Director of Milwaukee Partnership Academy.

Free street parking and facility parking for a fee are available. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and seating is on a first-come basis.
180 DAYS: A YEAR INSIDE AN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL will be broadcast in two 2-hour installments -- on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2.

For more information, visit or call Viewer Services at (414) 297-7520.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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About American Graduate
The American Graduate initiative engages and empowers teachers, parents and students to help those most at risk of dropping out of high school through content that spotlights the many complex issues that lead a student to drop out. The initiative helps local communities identify the challenging issues and find ways to solve them, provides community events that engage a broad range of local stakeholders, and makes available classroom resources to help teachers better engage their students.

Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
P: (414) 297-8229

Darlyne Haertlein, Manager-Community Relations
P: (414) 297-7518