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April Satellite Town Meeting
"Improving America's High Schools:
Preparing America's Future"
Tuesday, April 16, 2002 8-9 PM EASTERN
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The demands of a competitive economy and flexible workplace require
every American youth to acquire solid academic preparation for an
effective transition from high school to postsecondary education and
then to the workplace. No matter what type of degree or certification,
or what type of school -- whether a four-year college or university, a
community college, or a trade school -- continuing education past high
school graduation is the key to expanding individual career
opportunities and success in the 21st century economy.

Yet, there are many challenges American high schools face to adequately
prepare students for the future. The National Assessment of Educational
Progress shows 12th grade achievement declining at the same time that
the national dropout rate is increasing. There are still millions of
high school youth who are reading at very low levels, despite
significant advances in our understanding of how children learn to read.
And, although more students are going to college, too many students need
to take remedial courses and almost half drop out by the end of their
second year.

American high schools must be held accountable for raising the academic
achievement for all students. The April Satellite Town Meeting will
explore how communities around the country are working to ensure all
high school students possess the academic and technical skills necessary
to successfully transition to college and enter meaningful careers.
During the hour, Under Secretary Hickok and his panel of experts from
communities across the country will explore such questions as....

* In what ways can we increase academic rigor and ensure all students
are equipped for success in college?
* What role do standards and assessments play in ensuring all students
are prepared for college and careers?
* How can we teach reading to high school youth and improve their
literacy skills?
* What are the best examples of high schools, community colleges and
universities working together to provide meaningful postsecondary
options for students?
* How do smaller and more personal school environments help support and
stimulate student learning and create meaningful connections with
adults?
* In what ways can internships, project-based learning, and technology
help enrich and improve the high school curriculum?
* What type of student support mechanisms and programs are successful in
helping all students meet academic standards upon graduation?

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REGISTER to Access
Satellite Coordinates
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*       To access our ON-LINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM,
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monthly show OR select the "SERIES OPTION" to register
for the remainder of the 2001-2002 Town Meeting season.

*       If you are uncertain if you have registered for a
specific Town Meeting or the series, enter your
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registration button. The system will indicate if you
have registered or it will prompt you to register for
the option of your choice.

* Upon registration, simply return to the description
of this month's Town Meeting and use your username
and password to access the coordinates. Do not hesitate
to e-mail [log in to unmask] OR call
800-USA-LEARN if you experience any problems
accessing the coordinates or need assistance.

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Free Help Desk
Ensure You Can Downlink the Satellite Town Meeting
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We are offering free technical assistance to
help position satellite dishes to receive the
KU or C Band transmission. This will help you
ensure you can watch the Satellite Town Meeting!

WHO SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SERVICE?
* If you have experienced difficulty downlinking
the Satellite Town Meeting just once or periodically
* If you want to ensure you have dish adjusted
in the proper location prior to the test time
* If you are uncertain about the coordinates,
or unable to locate them

IS THERE A COST?
No, there is no cost. This is a free service
provided by the US Department of Education to
ensure our customers can downlink the Satellite
Town Meetings. We only require that you be
registered for the Town Meeting. If you are
not registered, please hit the "Registration
Homepage" button on the top of this page.

WHEN CAN YOU CALL?
The desk is available ONE WEEK PRIOR,
during work days, 9am - 5pm Eastern.
The desk will also be available all day on 04/16/02,
the day of the Satellite Town Meeting broadcast.
On that day ONLY you will be able to receive
assistance until 9pm Eastern, when the broadcast
is over.

PLEASE have the make and model of the receiver
handy to help the technicians assist you better.

WHAT IS THE PHONE NUMBER?
PHONE NUMBER IS: 954-838-0900, extension 3

***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, Riverdeep Interactive
Learning and the Procter & Gamble Fund. Broadcast
and cable partners include Discovery Communications,
the Public Broadcasting Service, HeadsUp Network!
and Channel One. Use, duplication and distribution
of the Satellite Town Meeting is free and unrestricted.***

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