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CET to Host Community Town Hall to Discuss Solutions to Regional Education Issues

Posted by Kellie May on

February 12, 2014

CET has announced a local Community Town Hall to be broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9pm. This town hall, which was recorded in the CET studios on February 17 with a live audience, discusses regional education issues as part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). CET is one of 12 public media stations across the country holding similar forums this winter.

The town hall event builds upon the success of last year’sCradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education, while bringing together a broader group of community stakeholders, including businesses, parents, students, policy-makers, intervention and faith-based organizations in a town hall setting. The event will have the goal of identifying the challenges students face beyond the classroom, and moving toward developing community-based solutions that support students’ success in school.

CET has worked closely with the PBS NewsHour on production of the town hall, and Jeffrey Brown, award-winning journalist and anchor of the evening news program, will be moderating the discussion. Dr. O’dell Owens, Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece, CPS School Board Member Daniel Minera, and Toyota Manager of Community Relations Helen Carroll are among invited guests slated to appear.

There will also be a live tweet-up about the organizations and issues being discussed with the hashtag #AmGradCincy during the broadcast. The program will be available for online viewing following the airdate.

“This Town Hall will bring together community members in an important local discussion about what we can do together to offer more successful and effective educational opportunities for students,” said David Fogarty, President of CET.  “We hope that our work with community partners, the national American Graduate initiative and other public television stations can really contribute to a broader conversation taking place across the country”

Locally, CET will be focusing on three key themes: early learning, the teaching profession, and making connections between K-12 education and college/career. Results of each station’s town hall will also be utilized to inform a final national report of recommendations for local and national action plans to lower the dropout rate.

“Public media is committed to providing access to lifelong learning for all Americans. Through the American Graduate initiative, we are working with over 1000 local and national organizations to help communities understand and address the high school dropout challenge,” said Pat Harrison, CPB president and CEO. “American Graduate town halls are helping to amplify both the challenge and real solutions.”

 For additional information about the broadcast, and to view the program online, visit www.CETconnect.org.