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The Bravo cable-television channel has announced a September launch for "Culture in the Classroom," a package of programming designed especially for students in grades 7-12.

The commercial-free package of programming will include dramas, artist profiles, performing arts, and foreign-film segments.

The programming will be offered from 4 A.M. to 6 A.M. each Tuesday so teachers can tape it for classroom use. Other cable networks, such as The Discovery Channel and Arts and Entertainment, have similar arrangements for school programming. Study guides will be prepared for schools.

Bravo, a cultural channel that features American and foreign films as well as theater, dance, and music specials, is available to 5 million cable subscribers.

The Public Broadcasting Service will present a half-hour documentary about life in homeless shelters as seen through the eyes of the children who live in them.

"Shooting Back: Photography by Homeless Children" will air at 10:30 P.M. Eastern time on May 20. (Check local listings.) The documentary was produced to accompany an exhibition of the children's photos organized by the Washington Project for the Arts and the photojournalist Jim Hubbard.

Mr. Hubbard and other professional photographers taught a group of homeless children how to document their world using cameras. The documentary is presented on PBS by public television station WETA in Washington.

PBS will also be the home for the "The National Geography Bee Finals," scheduled for airing May 23.

The hourlong special, presided over by the TV personality Alex Trebek, will feature the 10 finalists from among the 5 million students who participated in the earlier rounds of the National Geography Bee.

The geography bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and presented on PBS by Maryland Public Television.

C-span, the cable public-affairs network, has begun its coverage of the currently low-key race for the 1992 Presidential election with a 90-minute weekly series, "Road to the White House."

The program airs Fridays at 5 P.M., Sundays at 9:30 P.M., and Mondays at 12:30 A.M. All times are Eastern.

The network has also expanded the hours during which its educators' hot line is staffed. The new hours are 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Eastern time. Recorded schedule information is offered at other times. The hot-line number is (800) 523-7586.

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