June 30, 1997 12:00 PM

PBS (Tues., July 1, 10 p.m. ET)

B+

Made by Laura Angelica Simón, a fourth-grade teacher in Los Angeles, this P.O.V. documentary probes California’s Proposition 187 (approved by voters in 1994 but still under review by the courts), which would deny public education to undocumented immigrants. But it’s not a dry position paper. The focus, ground-level and personal, is on Arcelia Hernandez, an activist Mexican-American teacher who fights the measure; on Dianne Lee, a disillusioned Anglo teacher who favors it; and on Mayra Guardado, a 9-year-old Salvadoran set on attending prestigious Smith College and becoming “an important person” but afraid of being kicked out of Hoover Elementary School as an illegal alien. You won’t forget the last image of Mayra, aglow with her dreams.

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