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Yarmuth Proposes Bill to Increase Public Television Funding

by Stephanie CrosbyCongressman John Yarmuth of Louisville announced legislation today called the “Ready to Compete Act”. If approved, it would provide about $80-million in federal funding for public television programs across the country.He says part of the proposal would expand classroom access to such programs on-demand.“With this bill, teachers in classrooms across the country would have on-demand access to the immense video library of educational programs," says Yarmuth, "everything from the founding fathers to the theory of relativity, there wherever and whenever a teacher needs it, presented in a way that will hold a student’s interest a lot better than a dusty chalkboard.”Most of the bill’s programs would come from the Department of Education’s budget – about $70-million. Another $10-million would come from the Department of Labor to fund GED programs and workforce training programs.All the programs are proposed for the 2011 budget.