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The state of education and 'Going Home' series

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Nov 6, 2018 4:19 AM

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A WITF original production

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, November 5, 2018:

Smart Talk continues a conversation we began on Monday on the state of education in Pennsylvania. Teacher shortages and budget pressures are two issues that loom large on the public education landscape. 

Public schools across the commonwealth will celebrate American Education Week November 12 - 16. Great things are happening in schools today and organizers hope to highlight some of these during this nation-wide event. 

Joining Smart Talk on Tuesday to continue the conversation about the challenges in education are Jeff Ney, Pennsylvania State Education Association treasurer and Ronald Cowell, from the Education Policy and Leadership Center

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Jeff Ney

Also, individuals with intellectual disabilities face many challenges in life, including the right for social inclusion. For decades, many were forced to live in state institutions without the right to leave. Today, most people with intellectual disabilities are living in the community. But, does living in the community mean you're truly a part of it?

Going Home is a WITF original production and a follow up to the award-winning documentary i go home. The documentary examines the journey towards inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities and asks the question, are we there yet?

Appearing on Smart Talk is Keira McGuire, Going Home producer and Dr. Dennis Downey, Ph.D., Millersville University Professor emeritus of history and disability advocate. 

Watch Going Home on November 8, at 8pm on WITF-TV.

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Keira McGuire and Prof. Dennis Downey

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