Vegas PBS will act as a Public Media Community Hub to collect and disseminate important information about the dropout crisis in Nevada. We will leverage our communications technology expertise and existing partnerships to disseminate the information. The purpose of the initiative is to help teachers and parents work with students in danger of dropping out. Vegas PBS has engaged the following public broadcasters as partners to broaden the impact of this initiative: KCEP- Power 88; KNPR- Nevada Public Radio; KOCE Southern California.
Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent of PBS NewsHour will host Vegas PBS’ American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen Teacher Town Hall. The program airs March 29 at 8 p.m. on Channel 10. The Teacher Town Hall will bring together more than one hundred teachers to discuss the critical issue of Clark County‘s low graduation rate. This program will also be available online (VegasPBS.org) and on the radio on KNPR and KCEP. Closed Captioning and Spanish translation will also be provided.
American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting working with national partners, such as America’s Promise Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Vegas PBS. Although this is a national initiative, local PBS stations such as Vegas PBS are working to create community base programs on how to inform and provide resources to educators and parents on preventing students from dropping out of school and to help children stay in school.
Ray Suarez joined PBS NewsHour in October of 1999. Suarez has more than thirty years of varied experience in the news business. He came to The NewsHour from National Public Radio where he had been host of the nationwide, call-in news program “Talk of the Nation” since 1993. Prior to that, he spent seven years covering local, national, and international stories for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago.