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Rob Otto and Ken Elkins are guest on Detroit Public Television’s  American Graduate Community Town Hall to Discuss Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

The American Graduate Community Town Hall brings together Metro Detroit nonprofit leaders, parents, students and educators in a town hall setting to share ideas and solutions to the dropout crisis. Moderated by Christy McDonald, the Town Hall will be broadcast locally on February 27th and available online for on-demand viewing.

“This Town Hall continues our commitment to working with our community to use the power of public television to take important steps toward solving the most important issues in and around Metro Detroit,” said Rich Homberg, president and CEO of Detroit Public Television. “We hope families and educators will watch and learn about how schools are working to combat the dropout crisis with innovative thinking and action.”

Detroit Public TV is working closely with the PBS NewsHour on production of the town hall, which is one of many community town halls being held around the nation including Nine Network in Saint Louis, MO; WHRO in Norfolk, VA; WTTW in Chicago, IL; WFYI in Indianapolis, IN; PBS SoCal in Los Angeles, CA; New Mexico PBS in Albuquerque, NM; WHUT in Washington, DC; WNPT in Nashville, TN; CET in Cincinnati, OH; WFSU in Tallahassee, FL; and WNET in New York, NY.

 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.