When Gov. Bob McDonnell made a point of cutting state funding for public broadcasting, reasoning that it was not a core government service, Virginia Democrats were beside themselves. Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond) took to the pages of Style Weekly to thunder that the educational programming offered on PBS stations deserved state support because of the “educational support it provides our schoolchildren.”
So that means student test scores have skyrocketed in the age of “Sesame Street,” right? Well, no. If anything, scores are getting worse.
But if putting money into public broadcasting really is as critical as some contend, for reasons educational, cultural and otherwise, then a recent court decision could be the answer to their prayers:
[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]
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