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CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING TO LAUNCH SIGNIFICANT INITIATIVE TO FIGHT DROPOUT EPIDEMIC IN THE UNITED STATES

and television stations to partner with schools and community-based organizations across the country

April 26, 2011 ““ Washington, D.C. ““ The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will announce a significant new initiative to combat the dropout epidemic in the United States on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. ET live on Facebook.

The program will build on public broadcasting’s long-standing commitment to education by convening conversations and strengthening partnerships between public radio and television stations and local schools, businesses, and community organizations ““ all with the goal of helping students stay on course to graduate from high school.

WHAT: CPB announcement of new dropout initiative

WHO: Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Michael Powell, Co-Chair, America’s Promise Alliance

Larry Irving, VP, Global Government Affairs, Hewlett-Packard Company

Don Shalvey, Deputy Director, U.S. Programs Education Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Aimee Garcia, Hollywood actress and star of the GO FOR IT!

Patricia Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

10:15 a.m. ““ 12:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Live on http://www.facebook.com/americangraduate

To RSVP or arrange interviews: Rachel Zaentz; [email protected]; 202.667.0901

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