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For Immediate Release
September 14, 2004

Contact: Charles Pyle
Director of Communications
(804) 371-2420

Julie Grimes
Public Information Specialist
(804) 225-2775

Virginia Department of Education Broadcast
Highlights Public School Success Stories
“School Matters” Airs Sunday Sept. 19
on Virginia Public TV Stations

Achievement and innovation in the commonwealth’s public schools are highlighted in School Matters, a 30-minute program produced by the Virginia Department of Education. The magazine-style show is scheduled to air on Sunday, September 19, at 1 p.m. on Virginia public television stations.

School Matters includes back-to-school advice and insight for parents from Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary and 2004 Virginia Teacher of the Year Laurie Sullivan of Arlington County. Charles B. Pyle, the department’s director of communications, hosts the broadcast.

The program includes features on how Virginia schools are narrowing the achievement gap separating minority students from their peers and how teachers are using the Internet to raise achievement by improving communication between home and school. Also featured are Project Graduation, an innovative program launched by Governor Mark R. Warner to help high school students meet higher standards for graduation, and the Race to GED, the Governor’s initiative to expand economic opportunity by doubling the number of Virginians who earn a GED.

School Matters is scheduled to air on the following public television stations: WCVE/Channel 23 (Richmond), WHTJ/Channel 41 (Charlottesville), WETA/Channel 26 (Arlington), WNVT/Channel 53 (Falls Church), WBRA/Channel 15 (Roanoke), WMSY/Channel 52 (Marion), WSBN/Channel 47 (Norton), WVPT/Channel 51 (Harrisonburg), and WHRO/Channel 15 (Norfolk).