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Facing Forward: A Student's Story

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What’s it like getting schooled in Cleveland?

Facing Forward: A Student’s Story takes you inside E Prep, an academically rigorous charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, as seen through the eyes and experiences of Tyree — a struggling 7th grader who possesses equal parts charm and smarts.

A national audience will have the chance to explore the issues confronting inner-city students and educators when Facing Forward: A Student’s Story is broadcast on PBS stations throughout the US.

Watch Facing Forward: A Student’s Story to learn firsthand about the complex and sometimes overwhelming challenges facing those involved in urban education.

Find out how Tyree's doing today here.

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Ideas: The Dropout Dilemma


Ideas: The Dropout Dilemma, produced by WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream, will air on the stations simultaneously on Monday, May 19 at 9 p.m. During the hour-long “Town Hall” special, educators, community leaders, parents and students will discuss the causes of disproportionately low graduation rates within the region’s urban schools and the most promising approaches being used to address this crisis. The conversation will extend after the broadcast through forums curated by The Civic Commons ideastream, available both online and via social media.

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Facing Forward: A Student’s Story, directed by Laura Paglin, is a production of Creative Filmmakers Association in partnership with WVIZ/PBS ideastream in Northeast Ohio.

Facing Forward: A Student’s Story is made possible in part by grants from the Raskind Family Fund at the Cleveland Foundation and by the Sherwick Fund at the Cleveland Foundation.

See Tyree Today

Tyree Stewart, a middle school student when we meet him in “Facing Forward: A Student’s Story,” is now 19; he gives us a tour of his new apartment, cooks up some breakfast and gives us a few updates on his life.

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