Continuing its practice of recent years, the Public Broadcasting Service has slated several documentaries and specials on education for "back to school week.''
Producers from seven public-television stations across the country followed high school seniors around for a day last May for "High School Stories: One Day in America's Schools.''
The one-hour documentary examines a wide range of schools including the Lummi Middle College High School on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington State and the Harvey Milk School for gay students in New York City.
The show was scheduled to air at 9 P.M. on Sept. 7. (All times E.D.T. Viewers should consult their local listings.)
"Count On Me,'' a one-hour mathematics special on what parents can do to help their children learn the subject, was scheduled for 8 P.M. on Sept. 7.
The show includes comedy, animation, and cameo appearances by such celebrities as the actor Sarah Jessica Parker and the country singer Reba McEntire.
The impact of an arts curriculum on a Catholic grade school in a poor section of the Bronx is examined in "Something Within Me,'' a one-hour program airing at 8 P.M. on Sept. 8.
The students at St. Augustine School study music theory, learn piano, and take humanities classes as part of their core curriculum.
The story of an inspirational math teacher in East Harlem is the subject of "Good Morning Miss Toliver,'' which is to air at 9:30 P.M. on Sept. 8.
The documentary focuses on Kay Toliver, an award-winning teacher at East Harlem Tech, whose methods include teaching students the relevance of math in their urban neighborhood.
PBS will broadcast a number of other education specials or season premieres this week.
They include "The Next Generation: 1% Inspiration,'' the first of a three-part mini-series on emerging scientists. It was scheduled to air Sept. 7 at 10 P.M.
The actor Edward James Olmos is the host of a one-hour special that encourages the 50 million American adults without high school diplomas to take the General Educational Development Test.
"G.E.D.--Get It!,'' which airs at 10 P.M. on Sept. 8, includes comedy sketches that illustrate questions from the high-school equivalency test.
The "Ghostwriter'' literacy series returns for its second season with a two-hour special at 8 P.M. on Sept. 6, followed by the regular season premiere at 6 P.M. on Sept. 12.
The special includes the winner of the "Be on Ghostwriter'' contest.--M.W.