For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI-TV BROADCASTS MAKING THE GRADE –
THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN NEW YORK ON
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT 9 P.M.
New York State Commissioner of Education Joins the Panel Discussion

February 7, 2006 (Rochester, New York) – Richard Mills, New York State Commissioner of Education; Kati Haycock, Executive Director of the Education Trust; Daniel Lowengard, Superintendent of Syracuse Schools; and Dr. James Williams, Superintendent of Buffalo Schools will come together to discuss the state of New York’s education system in a live, television program. Making the Grade – The State of Education in New York airs Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11).

The special broadcast will investigate and share successful programs in New York and other school systems. The agenda includes:

q The baseline: the achievement gap between rich and poor, and American and foreign graduates.

q The relationship between standards and funding, including the federal initiative "No Child Left Behind".

q Buffalo's "District Dialog Days" & "Curriculum Think Tank" projects.

q Rochester's gains in students meeting state Math and English standards.

q Teacher training, quality control and the role of tenure.

Viewers will have a chance to call in or email questions. The phone number and email address will be posted on screen during the 90-minute broadcast.

WXXI continues to look at the education system with New York Learns: Parents’ Night, airing Wednesday, February 15 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11). The program features three students in low performing high schools that are closing in on graduation. For each of them, a Liberty Partnership Program (LPP) – a program established in response to the high school drop-out rate among New York State

students – is the key to their success. LLP, which is funded by the New York State Education Department, provides a variety of services to help students feel comfortable and successful in school including counseling, tutoring, social activities and career discovery.

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