WTTW Chicago, Scrappers Film Group, and PBS Digital Studios present the groundbreaking digital series CENTRAL STANDARD@: ON EDUCATION



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WTTW Chicago, Scrappers Film Group, and PBS Digital Studios present

the groundbreaking digital series CENTRAL STANDARD@: ON EDUCATION

CHICAGO, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WTTW Chicago,

Scrappers Film Group, and PBS Digital Studios have created a new

short-form documentary web series, Central Standard@: On Education,

presenting everyday experiences within Chicagoland's institutions.

This dynamic and groundbreaking web documentary series focuses on

education in Chicago and the surrounding region as seen through the

eyes of five 8th grade students attending very different

publicly-funded schools as they strive to make it into one of the

region's top public high schools. The program is designed to provide a

close-up view of issues important to local communities within Chicago

and across the country.

The inaugural season of Central Standard: On Education, consisting of

nine 15-minute episodes, is scheduled to launch on the PBS Digital

Studios YouTube Channelon Monday, April 14, 2014. Each week, a new

episode in the nine-part series will be posted.

The students and their schools are:

-- Robert - Creative Communications (District 149 S.T.E.M.)Academy

(Calumet City)

-- Gina - Marquette School of Excellence, Chicago Lawn (Chicago)

-- Natalia - UNO Esmerelda Santiago, Humboldt Park (Chicago)

-- Kyle - Walt Disney Magnet School, Buena Park (Chicago)

-- Emma - Wilmette Jr. High (Wilmette)

Along the way, we watch them deal with factors that may affect their

educational experience, such as participation in extracurricular

activities, challenging financial situations, testing, social

pressures, and much more. We also hear the perspectives of their

parents, teachers, and other individuals involved in the education

sphere, in order to provide a window to the on-the-ground reality of

education across our region.

At a time when education models are in the national spotlight daily -

with closures, strikes, and privatization - Central Standard examines

how students and families highly invested in their children's futures

make their school choices in fragmented system. This innovative new

web series aims to go beyond the clichés that define class and

geographic difference between rich and poor, urban and suburban, to

provide fresh and useful insights into the contemporary education

experience.

Central Standard: On Education is produced by filmmakers Ben Kolak and

Brian Ashby of Scrappers Film Group in collaboration with WTTW

Chicago. The series is made possible, in part, by PBS Digital

Studios, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and supporters of

the initiative via Indiegogo.

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