A House committee has voted to defund Ready to Learn, the Department of Education program that found trouble when Buster crossed paths with lesbians.
From Broadcasting & Cable:
The over-$200 million in cuts could still be restored in the Senate, as has been the case with previous cuts. But Association of Public Television Stations President John Lawson was characterizing the House vote as a “direct attack on public television and radio,” which he called “some of the last, locally controlled and independent media voices in our country.”
Lawson saw the RTL cut as a punitive action stemming from the Buster controversy. He also called the $90 million cut from CPB’s forward funding a threat to its editorial freedom. “Without the ability to rely on advance appropriations, public broadcasters lose an important firewall against influence in political programming decisions,” he said.
Democratic members of the House Appropriations Committee were equally angered by the cuts, saying Republican leaders have been “using every vehicle of the Federal Government to push their right-wing ideology,” including public broadcasting. “First they are trying to co-opt America’s public broadcasting stations,” the Democrats said in a statement. “Now, they are trying to bankrupt them.”
The Ready to Learn program used the DOE’s and PBS’ combined strengths to “assist parents and early childhood educators across the nation to use public television resources to help children love learning.”
Jeez. Teaching kids to ‘love learning’? Can’t spend money on that!
From the RTL website:
Second only to parents, television is the young child’s most influential teacher. Nothing else in our culture can match television’s ability to influence how children learn, think, and act. Given the power of television, young children need adults to help them become wise television users. Many studies show that with selective viewing, television can contribute to school readiness. To help children get the most from the TV they watch, parents must take responsibility to supervise and guide their children’s TV viewing.
Yeah, that program really sucked.