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World Class Education on the next episode of The Iowa Journal

January 28, 2009

(Johnston, Iowa) – Thursday’s edition of The Iowa Journal will examine how education in Iowa compares to some of the top schools in the world. This episode will air Thursday, January 29 at 9:15 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and IPTV HD. It will be rebroadcast on Friday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. on IPTV and at 7 p.m. on IPTV HD. The program, as well as additional interviews and information, will also be available online at Iptv.org.

Students in the U.S. ranked below average in math and science on the Program for International Student Assessment charts in 2006. In national testing, Iowa students’ performance has slipped from the top ranks to average scores according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress which is regarded as the nation’s report card. What do these results say about the ability of our youth to compete in a knowledge-based global economy?

To help explore this topic, the program will feature The Des Moines Register’s visits to top-ranked schools in Finland and Alberta, Canada. The visits were conducted as part of The Des Moines Register’s World Class Schools series. Guests on the program include Linda Lantor Fandel, deputy editorial-page editor of The Des Moines Register; and Judy Jeffrey, director of the Iowa Department of Education.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call(515) 242-3146.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than one million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. IPTV-Digital stations include: Channel 11.1, Des Moines; Channel 12.1, Iowa City; Channel 21.1, Fort Dodge; Channel 24.1, Mason City; Channel 27.1, Sioux City; Channel 32.1, Waterloo; Channel 32.1, Council Bluffs; Channel 36.1, Red Oak; Channel 36.1, Davenport.

For immediate release:
January 28, 2009

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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