POV: Best Kept Secret

POV: Best Kept Secret

Monday, September 23 at 10:00 p.m.

At a public school in Newark, New Jersey, the staff answers the phone by saying, “You’ve reached John F. Kennedy High School, Newark’s best-kept secret.”

JFK provides an exceptional environment for students with special-education needs. In “Best Kept Secret,” Janet Mino, who has taught a class of young men for four years, is on an urgent mission. She races against the clock as graduation approaches for her severely autistic minority students.

Once they graduate and leave the security of this nurturing place, their options for living independently will be few. Mino must help them find the means to support themselves before they “age out” of the system. By filmmaker Samantha Buck.

Top photo: Ms. Mino looks on as Quran prepares to get his diploma.
At right: Ms. Mino.

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