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For Release: 2013-11-05 14:42:00

As part of a continuing series on poverty in Kentucky, Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw co-host a special edition of Education Matters that examines the impact of poverty on school performance. The program airs Monday, Nov. 18 at 8/7 p.m. on KET.

The program includes features on May Valley Elementary and John M. Stumbo Elementary, both in Floyd County, and Fern Creek Traditional High School and Neighborhood House, both in Louisville.

May Valley Elementary is one of the top-rated schools in the state, and the segment features interviews with principal Greta Thornsbury, teacher Kim Reed, and Floyd County Schools superintendent Henry Webb.

At John M. Stumbo Elementary, 95 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch. Despite this, the Floyd County elementary school is the top most-improved school in the state. The segment features interviews with Webb and principal Donna Robinson.

Neighborhood House in the Portland area of Louisville has served the community since 1896 with a primary goal of using education to end the cycle of generational poverty. This segment features an interview with executive director Pam Rice.

Fern Creek Traditional High School, which was performing better than only five percent of Kentucky high schools, is now a national model for a "turnaround" high school. The segment features principal Houston Barber and assistant principal Rebecca Nicolas.

Also on the program, Goodman leads a discussion focused on economic, educational and social policies that can lead to academic success or failure among poor, at-risk students. Then, Shaw discusses ways that schools, families and communities can counter poverty’s effects. Panelists include:

--Roger Cleveland, associate professor, department of educational leadership and policy studies with the College of Education, Eastern Kentucky University

--Eugenia Toma, Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy, University of Kentucky

--Terry Holliday, Kentucky commissioner of education

--Henry Webb, superintendent, Floyd County Schools

--Dreama Gentry, executive director, Partners for Education, Berea College Education Matters is a KET production.

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Contact: Abby Malik



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