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NEW SUPERINTENDENT OF RACINE SCHOOLS TACKLES ISSUE OF GRADUATION GAP AMONG LATINOS

October 22, 2013


Special Series of ¡ADELANTE! Highlights Racine's Initiatives,
To Air In Conjunction with Nationally-Broadcast Documentary "The Graduates"

Minority high school students have a lower graduation rate than non-minority students in Wisconsin, and throughout the nation. The graduation rate among all students in the state is 87%, while Latino students graduate high school at a rate of 72%. Milwaukee Public Television's (MPTV) ¡ADELANTE! explores the efforts of the Racine Unified School District (RUSD) to improve these rates for minorities, especially Latinos. These special episodes will air on October 29 and November 5 at 6:30 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2.

¡ADELANTE! examines projects of the RUSD at S.C. Johnson Elementary that focus on reducing behavioral issues in order to increase time spent learning. The program includes interviews with RUSD staff Dr. Jose Martinez, Bilingual Coordinator, and Dr. Ann Laing, former Superintendent. Martinez and Laing address topics including the issue of non-bilingual teachers displaced by bilingual teachers and how that may affect how bilingual students are treated by non-bilingual teachers. They will also discuss the scarcity of bilingual teachers due to low graduation rates among bilingual students. Also, New RUSD Superintendent Dr. Lolly Haws talks about her first 90 days, her initial plan for the district and how she will support the current dual model for the English Language Learners (ELL).

Airing in conjunction with the ¡ADELANTE! special, a two-part INDEPENDENT LENS production "The Graduates/Los Graduados" follows six teenagers - three girls and three boys - each with their own unique obstacles to overcome. The bilingual film offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. Part one, "Girls" will be broadcast on October 28 and part two, "Boys", will be broadcast on November 4, both at 9:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2. in English. It will also air on MPTV's Spanish-language channel V-me 10.3 on November 1 at 9:00 p.m., November 3 at 1:00 p.m., November 8 at 9:00 p.m. and November 10 at 1:00 p.m.

¡ADELANTE! is a weekly, locally produced series celebrating the rich heritage of Latino people. The program airs in Spanish with subtitles in English. Program segments originally taped in English are captioned in Spanish.


About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high-definition 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 stations are watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

For more information, visit www.mptv.org.

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