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CHANNEL ONE OK IN CALIFORNIA; CALIFORNIA SENATE FAILS TO BAN IN-CLASS NEWS PROGRAM

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Senate today failed to approve legislation to ban Channel One in California public schools, Whittle Communications said today. Channel One is the daily 12-minute news program seen by more than eight million high school students nationwide and shown in 148 schools in California.
 This is the fifth time legislation to ban the in-class educational network has failed in the California legislature.
 "Today's decision is an important one for school districts throughout the state and for Channel One," said Jim Ritts, president of Network Affairs/Whittle Educational Network. "We are very pleased with the California Senate's decision today to uphold the rights of local school districts to decide for themselves what is best for their students," said Ritts. "The reality is that for schools participating in Channel One, there is strong acceptance by teachers, students, parents and administrators.
 "We applaud the California Senate's decision to respect the right of local school districts to select the educational materials they believe best serve their students' needs," Ritts said. "Educators throughout the state have seen the benefits the program offers to their individual communities. We believe they will be pleased to learn they will not lose their benefits," Ritts concluded.
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 /CONTACT: Sharon Hawkins of Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger, 916-446-6667, for Whittle Communications/


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