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La Plaza; Dropout: Four Stories

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La Plaza
Dropout: Four Stories
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Latinos have the highest drop-out rate in the nation. In Massachussetts, nearly 50% of Latino students will drop out before their senior year. In this special program, four Latino youngsters talk about the pressures they’ve faced in school, and the consequences of staying out of school. Through their frank and sobering stories, this documentary examines the complexities surrounding this alarming problem.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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