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

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

American Graduate Initiative Builds on Earlier Successes in Fostering Dialogue, Telling the Story of Local Organizations and Individuals

Cincinnati, OH (Feb. 11, 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’s Cradle 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.




CET is Greater Cincinnati’s leading provider of education and enrichment in both living rooms and classrooms, reaching more than 2 million residents; 470,000 students and 37,000 teachers. Through PBS and local programming, CETconnect.org, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and professional development for teachers, CET positively impacts our community with rich and diverse resources. CET, the first licensed educational television station in the nation, provides multichannel broadcast and cable services, including CET Arts, the first local 24-hour arts and cultural programming channel in the country. For more information about CET, CET Arts or CET Create, visit www.CETconnect.org.

CET is a service of Public Media Connect (PMC), a regional public media partnership with ThinkTV, Dayton, serving the more than 3 million people in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton communities. 

PMC serves viewers and learners in the following counties: Adams, Brown , Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren in Ohio; Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Rush, Switzerland, Union and Wayne in Indiana; Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Mason, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Scott and Trimble in Kentucky.


About American Graduate

American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media's commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs, and inspires public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are important resources in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 75 public radio and television stations in 33 states have launched on-the-ground efforts working with community and at risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.


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