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MILLS ASK PARENTS TO CALL HIM

State Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills will talk with parents on how they can help their children succeed as schools change in a live prime-time call-in television program to be aired on Mondayfrom 8 to 9 p.m. over each of the state's nine public broadcasting stations, including WNED-TV (Channel 17) in Buffalo.

On the program, "New York: The State of Learning," Mills will be joined on the panel by Charlotte Frank, a vice president from McGraw Hill. They will appear in front of a live studio audience from the studios of WMHT in Schenectady.

Viewers are invited to phone in their questions and comments by calling toll free 888-351-4648. State Education Department staff members will be on hand to take phone calls.

The program will focus on how the teachers and parents of the Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology in Albany have worked together to change the environment so that teaching and learning can be the focus of the day. Viewers will also learn how the Dover Plains School District has restructured the school day and curriculum so its students can meet the state's higher learning standards and graduation requirements.

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