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¡ADELANTE! SPECIAL FOCUSES ON BATTLE FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATION

September 12, 2010


-Waukesha parents and Latino leaders fight to preserve bi-lingual education appropriate for all Hispanic children -

Milwaukee, WI (September 8, 2010) - Historically, bilingual education was advanced as a way to facilitate learning for Latinos and others, and as a civil right for Latino English language learners, because they too have been victims of discrimination in America. All over this country, as school districts face a slow economy and budget cuts, some have proposed savings by closing schools. These, by and large, tend to be schools that enroll Latinos, and often African Americans. This happened in Wisconsin too. First, the Milwaukee Public Schools tried to close Kagel Elementary. Then, a new Superintendent in Waukesha proposed the closing of White Rock School, the oldest bilingual program in the state outside of Milwaukee, and a school that was very successful with English language learners. In turn, Waukesha proposed sending Latino children to the new "dual language" schools, which Latino leaders and parents have argued provides a new way to enroll the children of the middle class and the wealthy at the expense of reduced access to Latino minority children.
An ¡ADELANTE! Special airing Tue., Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. looks at the threat to bilingual education at White Rock School that has taken decades to become successful.

Guest and interviewees, who present their points of view, include: Anselmo Villarreal, president of Waukesha's La Casa de Esperanza; Luis "Tony" Baez, PhD, bilingual education activist and president of the Milwaukee Spanish Center; Pilar Melero, PhD, UW-Whitewater professor and writer; Pedro Rodriguez, former director of La Casa de Esperanza; and Jose B.Torres, PhD, associate professor and director of UW-M Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Department of Social Work.

¡ADELANTE! begins its 12th season on Tue., Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. on 10.1 HD & 36.2. The weekly series repeats on 36.1, on Wed., at 12:30 a.m., and Sun., at 5:30 p.m.

Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today MPTV offers viewers a family of high definition and standard definition digital channels to choose from, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Channel Line-up as of September 1, 2010
10.1 HD WMVS 36.1 SD WMVT
10.2 World 36.2 SD Simulcast of 10.1 HD
10.3 V-me 36.3 Create
10.4 Weather (new) 36.4 Classical music
36.5 Jazz music
36.6 Traffic