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Monday, 25 April, 2011 2:56 PM

HDNet's "Dan Rather Reports" to Air a Special, Two Hour Expose on the Crisis in the Detroit Public Schools

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"A National Disgrace" sheds light onto the crumbling Detroit Public School System and explores its effect on an already beleaguered city - Tuesday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET

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DALLAS -- HDNet's "Dan Rather Reports" will present a special, two-hour report documenting a pivotal year and a half in the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), against a backdrop of history and the plight of one student desperate to succeed despite the odds. "A National Disgrace," airing on HDNet Tuesday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The special takes its title from a controversial comment by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and presents an unflinching look at corruption, mismanagement and failure. Tens of millions of dollars have been stolen from the district. And a school board bickers over trivialities, while their students score at the bottom on national tests. The report is full of heartbreaking images: children sitting in class for days without a teacher; a principal addressing graduating seniors with stories of the violence they've seen; and abandoned schools left to rot in an increasingly empty city.

"While we instinctively know that both Detroit and our nation's public schools are struggling mightily, we cannot afford to avert our eyes any longer," said Dan Rather, host and managing editor of "Dan Rather Reports." "Before we can tackle what ails us as a country, we need an honest accounting of the problems. What we found in Detroit is that it's easy to point fingers, but the difficulty of the task of healing our country's injustices should not be underestimated."

In order to paint a complete and unflinching picture of Detroit and its schools, "A National Disgrace" is part historical documentary, part investigative report, and part personal profile detailing the political strife, corruption, and systemic breakdown during the tumultuous 2009-2010 school year when the state of Michigan imposed new leadership on the school district.

The result is a searing portrait of a local tragedy that asks big questions. Does the situation in Detroit demonstrate how we view public education? And is the national disgrace the fact that something like this could happen?

"Dan Rather Reports: A National Disgrace" premieres on HDNet, Tuesday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET with an encore at 11:00 p.m. ET.

Visit the following link to view "A National Disgrace" clips before the broadcast: http://www.hd.net/blogs/2011/04/excerpt-from-a-national-disgrace/

About HDNet

HDNet (www.hd.net) is the independent network with unique and thought-provoking content that appeals to men of all ages and is delivered in true high definition.

HDNet is the exclusive, high definition home for popular, original programming, including the network's Emmy Award winning HD news feature programs, "HDNet World Report," and "Dan Rather Reports," featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather. Only HDNet goes beyond the headlines to deliver real news that is redefining the way we look at our world. HDNet News is provocative, sometimes controversial and always relevant - telling the important stories of our time in-depth, with attitude and with independence. HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning documentaries, airing as part of the "HDNet 'Round The World" series. "NASA on HDNet" presents all live shuttle launches through 2011.

Source: HD Net

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