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The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Monday, June 22, 2015. (Story/Interview Begins At 50:53 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Frustrated with the low numbers of Indiana low-income, first-generation and minority students, including African-American, who are not prepared for success in college, especially at Purdue, top officials at Purdue University are taking direct action. The university is planning to develop and open Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, which will be a charter high school designed to provide a bridge for inner-city students and others to succeed in high school and to be admitted directly to Purdue University. The school will open in August 2017, and probably be chartered through the City of Indianapolis.

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In an exclusive live Afternoons with Amos interview, Purdue President and former Governor Mitch Daniels talked about the efforts.  Daniels said the frustration has come about because of the low numbers of Black and other minority students who equal the average entrance scores and GPA’s of Purdue entering freshman.  According to data supplied by the College Board, which supervises the SAT tests, of the 48,000 Indiana high school graduates in 2014 who took the SAT, only 101 college-bound African Americans and 156 Latinos had SAT scores and GPA’s in the range of the average Purdue freshman. Among those same graduates, only 7 college-bound African Americans and 16 Latinos had SAT scores and high school GPA’s in the range of the top 15% of Purdue freshmen. In the interview, President Daniels said that the curriculum will be developed by Purdue faculty and that they and some students would serve as mentors and perhaps faculty and other teachers hired would do the instructing. In the interview, Daniels also talked explained why Purdue wouldn’t be the chartering entity and talked about that if this is successful in increasing the numbers of students with STEM education experience the high school could be duplicated in other Indiana cities.

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(Interview and Discussion Begins At 3:19 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Also on the program, top officials of Indiana Black Expo previewed the events and activities of the 45th Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration.  Appearing on Afternoons with Amos was Expo’s President/CEO Tanya Bell; Youth and Family Programs Director Jennifer Darby; Events Coordinator Janelle Henson and Entertainment Coordinator Amp Harris. Black Expo Events begin with the Thursday July 9th with the Ecumenical Service and go through the week of July 13th with exhibits, concerts, seminars, meal events, sports events, children’s activities, cultural exhibits and much more. Events occur at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Light of the World Church, American Legion Mall, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Indiana Convention Center.  A couple of the MAJOR changes this year is most of the activities will occur in the new section of the Convention Center with the main entrance to many evens will be off the glass entrance at Georgia and Capitol Streets.  Also, Sunday July 19th events at Expo, including the McDonald’s Gospel Concert are free to all! For Details on IBE’s 45th Summer Celebration Click Here:  INDIANA BLACK EXPO SUMMER CELEBRATION  Listen for specific event information about Black Expo Summer Celebration Events on this PODCAST. (At 3:19 Mark On PODCAST Media Player – Events from July 9th to July 15th. At 22:41 Mark – Events From July 16th and 17th. At 41:18 Mark – Events of July 18th. At 48:51 Mark – Events of July 19th).  (At 1:08:19 Mark On PODCAST Media Player) During Open Lines Segment, callers brought up everything from a 14 year old and a 17 year old shooting people to death over the weekend; the Charleston Massacre, President Obama‘s use of the N-word during a podcast interview, and more.  The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Monday, June 22, 2015 Runs 93 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Begins After Brief Video Ad.