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KLRN presents Spotlight Education during Sept. 12-17
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As a leader in educational media for children and students and a key partner with parents and educators across America, KLRN today announced that it will broadcast SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION, a special week of primetime programming examining the challenges facing today’s students and America’s education system.

SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION features films and documentaries airing on KLRN September 12-17 and includes special episodes of NOVA, FRONTLINE and PBS NEWSHOUR, a new film from POV, and the premiere of TED TALKS, “The Education Revolution.”

SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION also kicks-off of a year-long teacher support campaign—“Teach Boldly”—led by PBS and local stations including KLRN. The “Teach Boldly” teacher support initiative will include a series of virtual and community training events and the launch of the new PBS Teachers’ Lounge, a creative digital space where teachers can share ideas, learn from peers, find daily inspiration and access the tools and resources they need to enhance their work in the classroom.

“KLRN is proud to provide this special week of programming and associated resources to our community, as SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION goes to the core of our mission,” said Arthur Rojas Emerson, KLRN President and CEO. “By presenting SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION’s varied programs on air and online, we can continue the discussion we have year-round about how to make high-quality educational resources available for all of our children.”

Major funding for SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, a long-term public media initiative to help all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION highlights public media’s focus on education and our role in convening conversations around how to improve outcomes for students,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS. “With special on-air programming and resources to support teachers, PBS and our local stations are committed to supporting education—at home, in the classroom and in communities.”

“Public media is committed to providing Americans of all ages with educational content for free and commercial free.” said Pat Harrison, President and CEO, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “Our Spotlight Education week affirms the importance of local stations working in partnership with more than 1,700 community and business organizations through the American Graduate Initiative to help young people move toward graduation and career success.”

The full primetime SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION line-up follows below on KLRN (check local listings):  

Monday, September 12:

6-8:00 p.m. – POV “All the Difference” screening

Robert L.B. Tobin Studio at KLRN, 501 Broadway, 78215

Join KLRN and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a free preview of the documentary. Space is limited. Register today.

9:00 p.m. – POV  | All the Difference

Trace the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. The intimate film follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds. Join us on Twitter (@klrn), as we participate in a Twitter chat during the film. Follow along with the hashtag #AlltheDifferencePBS and #TeachBoldly.

Tuesday, September 13:

8:00 p.m. – FRONTLINE | “A Subprime Education”/ The Education of Omarina

In a one-hour special, FRONTLINE presents two films that build on its education reporting. “A Subprime Education,” a fresh look at the troubled for-profit college industry, examines reports of predatory behavior and fraud and the implosion of the education chain, Corinthian Colleges; and “The Education of Omarina” shows how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college. 

9:00 p.m. – TED TALKS “Education Revolution”

Explore innovative approaches to education with hosts Baratunde Thurston and Sara Ramirez. Speakers, including Anna Deavere Smith and Sal Khan, discuss the school-to-prison pipeline, the impact of micromanaging kids and transforming struggling students into scholars.

Wednesday, September 14:

8:00 p.m. – NOVA | “School of the Future”

In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children. Join us on Twitter (@klrn), as we participate in a Twitter chat during the film. Follow along with the hashtag #SpotlightEduPBS #TeachBoldly.

Thursday, September 15:

8:00 p.m.  – ARTS

Follow along as ARTS takes you to Marshall High School where students explore their musical talents with the help of the San Antonio Symphony and learn how the Alpha Home organization is using the power of art for recovering individuals. Watch preview.

8:30 p.m. – TIME FOR SCHOOL

This documentary introduces viewers to five children from five different countries, all struggling to get what all Americans take for granted: a basic education. Combining current-day footage, at the time of their hoped-for high school graduation, with a wealth of material shot over more than a decade, starting in 2003 when they were just entering their first year of school, the film reveals who has made it through, despite daunting obstacles. Join us on Twitter (@klrn), as we participate in a Twitter chat during the film. Follow along with the hashtag #SpotlightEduPBS #TeachBoldly.

Friday, September 16:

7:30 p.m.  – SciTech Now

SciTech Now takes you inside a local organization creating smart jewelry with the possibility of saving lives. Wise Wear combines art, science, technology and fitness to give consumers peace of mind while wearing their bracelets. With a geo tracking device and emergency text alert feature, these bracelets are gaining national popularity. Watch preview.

For more Spotlight Education events and resources, visit for daily blog posts spotlighting our local education leaders, and our KLRN education programming.

Across the Week:

During this special week of programming, PBS NEWSHOUR will broadcast original stories focused on the state of education. The annual “Rethinking College” series takes a critical look at how higher education is evolving to provide a better post-secondary learning experience, especially for people in underserved communities with underrepresented populations. The segments range from a closer look at the low college graduation rates among Latino males on campus and possible solutions, to second-chance Pell grants for prisoners and how coding boot camps are challenging the traditional college degree model.

Funding for SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) as part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help young people succeed in school and life. More than 100 public television and radio stations have joined forces with over 1,700 partners across 49 states to elevate the stories of youth and the supportive adults who help them succeed. Through American Graduate, public media, with its unique position as a trusted resource and important part of local communities, provides a critical platform to shine a light on pathways to graduation and successful student outcomes. National and local reporting, both on air and online is helping communities understand the challenges and community-driven solutions associated with the dropout crisis. Public forums, town halls, and community conversations are activating discussions between community leaders, educators, parents and more.

About PBS

PBS, with 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 33 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on TwitterFacebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting 

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KLRN is the Emmy-Award winning Public Television station for South Central Texas broadcasting to a 30-county radius. “The mission of KLRN is to use the power of communications to provide quality programs and services which advance education, culture and community, to enrich the lives of people throughout our community.” KLRN cultivates programs that support the station’s mission and commitment to education. It is this “beyond television” strategy that forms KLRN’s educational outreach model — to prepare children for kindergarten and academic success; to positively impact the quality of care; and to share resources that will enhance classroom instruction.