SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Jeanne Wells

310-450-8338, ext. 239

For Immediate Release

February 2, 2004

WHAT: FIRST TO WORST - The Merrow Report

WHEN: KOCE -TV - February 4 - 9:00 p.m. AND KCET -TV - February 5 - 10:00 p.m.

Superintendent John Deasy and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are featured prominently in the powerful documentary, FIRST TO WORST, hosted by journalist John Merrow. FIRST TO WORST chronicles the rise and fall of California's public school system, the largest in the nation and home to one of every eight American students.

FIRST TO WORST explores the roots of California's current education crisis, tracing it to the anti-tax movement of the 1970's and 80's and to civil rights lawsuits that aimed to equalize school spending but resulted instead in disastrous funding limits on schools.

For further information log on to www.pbs.org/merrow



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