PBS' Tavis Smiley in town this week

2012-10-02T12:47:00Z 2012-10-02T13:10:53Z PBS' Tavis Smiley in town this weekBY GAIL PENNINGTON • Post-Dispatch Television Critic • gpennington@post-dispatch.com stltoday.com

PBS host Tavis Smiley will be in St. Louis Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 3 and 4), taping a "Too Important to Fail" report looking at problems affecting young African-American men.

The new report, subtitled "Education Under Arrest," focuses on young people who enter the criminal justice system from school, leaving little chance that they'll graduate. Smiley will be here to feature the work of St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Jimmie Edwards, who started the Innovation Concept Academy, a charter school that accept students who have been expelled from other schools and have nowhere to continue their education.

"Too Important to Fail: Education Under Arrest" is part of "American Graduate," a public media initiative for which KETC (Channel 9) is a lead organizer.

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