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Rethinking high school: an all-star TV special to air Friday

Another school year is starting across the nation.

But in what kind of schools?

Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, Anna Deavere Smith and Common are just a few of the celebrities joining forces for "EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live," a special one-hour telecast that will invite the public to consider the state of high schools today and what they might be in the future.

The all-star telecast airs live Friday from Los Angeles on all four major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern. Others taking part include Mahershala Ali, Christian Slater, Randall Park, Rami Malek, Portia Doubleday, Thomas Mann, Bill Hader, Melissa Rivers and Kevin...