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AETN’s ‘Minority Matters’ addresses education issues Aug. 26

Posted 11 Sep 2012

The Arkansas Educational Television Network’s (AETN) new monthly series “Minority Matters,” which provides a dedicated forum for discussion and exploration of issues affecting Arkansans from a minority perspective, will explore minority education issues in the next episode, Sunday, Aug. 26, at 4:30 p.m. 

Panelists will discuss disparities in education, solutions to closing the achievement gap and the importance of parents and teachers in assisting student success. Also featured will be an “Education Matters” segment, providing tips for students, teachers and parents as school resumes around the state, with Kareem Moody, director of The Network for Student Success at Pulaski Technical College. 

Panelists sharing their experiences and educational expertise include: Luis Fernando Restrepo, Ph.D., associate vice provost for Diversity, Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Charlotte Green, Ed.D, supervisor, Gifted and Talented/Advanced Placement, Conway Public Schools; John Bacon, CEO, eStem Public Charter Schools, Little Rock; and Brent Mitchell, principal, Fuller Middle School, Little Rock.

“Minority Matters” host Sylvester Smith is a local businessman and community leader. Smith publishes the Web-based ink Magazine and serves on the Arkansas Real Estate Commission. He is a graduate of Philander Smith College and earned his MBA at Harding University. 

“Minority Matters” airs the last Sunday of each month at 4:30 p.m. and repeats the following Thursday at 6:30 p.m. This episode repeats Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m.