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Philip Hyjek <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 09:22:43 -0400
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Subject: Program Information: September Satellite Town Meeting - Message

September Satellite Town Meeting #63
Back to School: Rethinking America's High Schools
Tuesday September 21, 1999 - 8:00 - 9:00pm ET

How must American high schools change to better
prepare students for college and careers in the next century?

How can restructuring the school day and creative uses of technology,
teaching methods, and challenging standards help ensure that all high
school students receive a world-class education?

And how high schools create safe and disciplined environments
where all students feel connected?

Get plugged into a conversation about these vital issues on Tuesday,
September 21st,
at 8:00 Eastern time, as the U.S. Department of Education's Satellite Town
focuses on "Back to School: Rethinking America's High Schools."  It's a
free, live,
interactive television program designed for you and your community.  Arrange
receive this satellite broadcast and explore what works in schools and
across the country:

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley will lead a lively discussion
focusing on
innovative high schools such as...

*       Coronado High School in Coronado, California, where academic
tracking has
        been abolished, and students take advantage of several highly
        curriculum options including the Coronado School of the Arts, Oxford
        Coronado School of Math and Science, Biomedics, and Power, Energy,
        Transportation Technology.

*       Stevenson High School in the Chicago suburbs, which has moved from a

        large single-school structure to a school-within-a-school or "house"
        The school operates as three schools of 1,1000 students each with
its own
        faculty and counselors.

*       Sussex Technical High School in Delaware, which has been transformed

from an area vocational school with declining student enrollment and low
academic achievement to a restructured high school that offers students
a challenging, integrated curriculum.  At Sussex, classes are
with technical classes meeting each day for 90 minutes and academic
classes meeting for 90 minutes every other day.

These schools are emblematic of an emerging trend in high school education.

They have been recognized by the New American High Schools Initiative, which

honors schools that are committed to helping all students to meet high
standards and prepare for college and careers.

While rigorous and challenging, high schools dedicated to such comprehensive

reform efforts have witnessed marked student and school improvement.
Documented outcomes include: reduction in student dropout rates; increases
in standardized test scores and student attendance; high rates of student,
and community satisfaction; and larger percentages of students meeting
academic benchmarks, such as success in Advanced Placement (AP) classes
and examinations

Live from Seattle, Washington, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley and

featured guests will discuss high schools like these that are re-imagining
way they do business.


        Satellite coordinates are subject to change.  It is critical that
        downlink site register, in order to be notified (by e-mail or fax)
in case
        of changes in satellite  coordinates or any other critical
        regarding the event.

        C-Band: Galaxy-6; transponder 11; Orbital location: 99 degrees West;

        Downlink frequency: 3920 MHz; Horizontal Polarity; Audio 6.2 and 6.8

        KU-Band: SBS-6; transponder 4; Orbital location: 74 degrees West;
        Downlink frequency: 11798 MHz; Vertical Polarity; Audio 6.2 and 6.8



        Register your participation by visiting our new online registration
<>  or by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN.

        Take advantage of the "Series Option" and register for the entire
        Satellite Town Meeting Season.

        Thank you!

*** The Satellite Town Meeting is produced in partnership with the National
Alliance of Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Committee for
Economic Development, with support from the Bayer Foundation, Target
Stores and the Procter & Gamble Fund. Broadcast and cable partners
include Discovery Communications, the Public Broadcasting Service,
NASA and Channel One. Use, duplication and distribution of the
Satellite Town Meeting is free and unrestricted. ***

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