Maryland's state school superintendent, Joseph Shilling, gets a chance tonight to spell out his 10-point, 10-year plan to improve public education in the state in a "Town Meeting on Education," at 7 o'clock on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67).
Among potentially controversial aspects of the plan are the proposed extension of the school year, required attendance by students until age 18, required attendance in kindergarten and mandatory instruction with computers.
Dave Durian is the host with Shilling in MPT's production center in Owings Mills, where a studio audience will include representatives of a variety of educational organizations, parents, teachers and officials.
In addition, the hour-long show will include questions from audiences gathered at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt and Wicomico High in Salisbury. And the show is also being simulcast on radio stations around the state, including locally WJHU-FM 88.1 in Baltimore and WTTR-AM 1470 in Westminster.
ALSO OFF THE BROADCAST BEAMS:
* Tonight brings a new PBS series to the airwaves from an old print source: "Scientific American Frontiers," to be seen on MPT at 8 o'clock. It is the first of five monthly video "issues" of the magazine, and tonight includes reports on roller coasters, infant heart transplants, arctic ground squirrels and the red-cockaded woodpecker.
* Why not just "Bill?" We know the transient nature of the TV news business requires on-air personalities to learn things about new communities as they go. Still, don't you think WBAL-Channel 11 weekend anchor Carolyn McEnrue, recently arrived from Beaumont, Texas, should have been briefed that Maryland's governor is William Donald Schaefer, not just Governor William Schaefer" as McEnrue referred to him over the weekend?
* Wow, it was a press agent's dream come true on Monday. There was best-selling shlock novelist Jackie Collins, dressed in red in each case (although in different outfits), holding forth simultaneously at 10 a.m. on "Geraldo" (Channel 11) and "The Joan Rivers Show" (Channel 13). The subject, of course, was the NBC miniseries based on two of her books, titled (with stupefyingly uncreative logic) "Lucky/Chances," which ended a three-night run last night.
* "Nostalgia just isn't what it used to be," goes the clever joke. But The Nostalgia Channel still is the same, according to officials of the city's United Cable Television system, even though the service's programming is not listed in the October edition of subscribers' The Cable Guide.
Media Monitor heard from readers who feared Nostalgia's odd mix of old TV and movies might be leaving the lineup. But United says a missed copy deadline for the Pennsylvania printer of The Cable Guide is the only reason for the missing listings, due back next month.