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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

TO:

Cultural Education Committee

FROM:

Jeffrey W. Cannell

SUBJECT:

Public Television’s Impact on Teaching & Learning
July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010

 

 

DATE:

October 19, 2010

STRATEGIC GOAL:

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AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

Summary

Issue for Discussion

The Committee will receive a report on the educational services provided by New York’s public television stations for the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

Reason(s) for Consideration

For information.

Background Information

Section 236 of the Education Law requires public television stations to allocate at least 20% of their State Aid for “instructional television services to be provided to local educational agencies.” The law and Part 179 of the Commissioner’s regulations also require the stations to make regular reports on the programs and services they provide.

In collaboration with the stations, the Office of Educational Television and Public Broadcasting continue to refine the stations’ quarterly reporting instrument. The stations have reported on their services for early childhood education, K-12 classrooms, adult education and teacher professional development provided to schools and school districts. We recognize that more work needs to be devoted to developing true accountability measures for the stations’ education activities.

Recommendation

Staff recommends that the Cultural Education Committee review the information and provide direction to staff.