Making The Grade: University Prep

OnQ begins its new series on education reform in the region with this report that explores a new program in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system. Michael Bartley takes viewers into a unique school, University Prep, with a strict dress code, longer classes, and an emphasis on getting into college.

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Despite much wealth and success in our Appalachian northern region, widespread poverty still exists in rural Fayette and Greene counties. However, Michael Bartley shows how and why so many people are delivering life-saving services to our rural neighbors.

Original airdate: Apr 15, 2009


There's an international appeal to re-enacting medieval times. The Society for Creative Anachronism has hundreds of thousands of members. OnQ visits the Pittsburgh chapter, which is one of the nation's most popular.


Through the Center for Minority Health, minister Rev. Vaughn teaches African dance classes for the CMH's Healthy Black Family Project at the Kingsley Center's newly-renovated exercise studios. Class participants talk with OnQ's Chris Moore about getting a handle on health, as well as spiritual issues.


OnQ takes you to meet Erin Gannon, a teacher's aide, Special Olympics athlete, and an inspiration to everyone she meets. Find out how she's helping other local young people to deal with their disabilities.


OnQ's Michael Bartley goes back to the river with University of Pittsburgh researcher Dr. Dan Volz to get the latest results of the so-called "Fish Study."


OnQ celebrates Earth Day with a look at a unique local charter school designed to educate children about the environment like never before. OnQ's Tonia Caruso takes us inside and outdoors to The Environmental Charter School at Frick Park.

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