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"Interview with Ron Tabano: Pockets of Progress In Education After Twenty-five Years"
Many of you know that I've been an advocate of education reform even before Getting Your Money's Worth. In fact, my show, GYMW, was an outcome of my advocacy position on education equality. The label of "education reform" is close to twenty-five years old. Yet, we are still talking about education reform. But there are pockets of real progress. An outstanding one is Wildcat Academy -- a school that lives up to its name! Webster's and Wikipedia define "wildcat" as someone who drills (for oil) where others haven't with the expectation of striking it rich. Well, Ron Tabano, founder and principal, has "struck it rich". His student population is high, at-risk urban teens -- suspended, truant, even in trouble with the law -- fragmented homes common -- but to walk the halls is to view a miracle. Students wear their pants around their waists, they are hatless, they are friendly and courteous. Walls are covered with art, poetry, essays. To look in a classroom is to see order. Students graduate and go on to education or a job. Curriculum consists of work/study (50/50) and meets New York State standards. How does Wildcat Academy accomplish what so many others can't? Let Ron Tabano tell you on Getting Your Money's Worth:

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As the title of the show, "Getting your Money's Worth" implies, the show concerns itself with gaining value as a consumer of education, health services or, indeed, as a tax payer. Everyday consumer spending will be included. The dialogue may not present solutions, but certainly will present alternatives in an entertaining and colorful way with experts in their respective fields.

Ms. West, a former educator, is president of Westco, her own privately held company. Westco designs and manufactures fixtures for such blue chip companies as Disney, Universal Studios, the NBC Experience Store and many others. Business people, authors and journalists, educators, politicians and actors will be interviewed in 15-minute segments with civility and dignity. "I don't care what your politics are, if you have a point of view and have a story to tell that is timely, you'll get a chance to freely air your opinion," says the attractive New Yorker.

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