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ERIC Number: EJ759426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-9
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Federal Grant Boosts Educational Television, Faces Fresh Scrutiny
Honawar, Vaishali
Education Week, v24 n22 p1, 25 Feb 2005
This article reports how the Ready to Learn program, which has helped transform children's educational television over the past decade, faced scrutiny after it aired a controversial topic. The Ready to Learn program attracted unusual attention when one of the shows it helped get on the air, "Postcards from Buster," drew criticism from Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings over its production of an episode featuring two Vermont families headed by lesbian couples. Since Ready to Learn's inception in 1995, the program has been administered, in turn, by one of two major entities in public TV: (1) the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and (2) the Public Broadcasting Service. There has been no serious discussion of eliminating the federal Ready to Learn funding, although the dispute over "Postcards from Buster" brought to mind the battles in the early 1990s over federal aid for public television. Some conservatives sought to cut or eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting--a quasi-governmental organization that distributes federal funding to public TV and radio organizations--because of a variety of perceived sins, such as a liberal bias in public-broadcasting news programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont