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States' Funding for Public Television Increases, in a Reversal Following the Recession NY Times

States are providing more funding for public television, which suffered after a sharp decline in support following the recession, Elizabeth Jensen reports in The New York Times.

While funding is still down from the 2008 fiscal year, state support rose by $10 million for 2014, Jensen writes, citing statistics collected by the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

Thirty-five states set aside $191.5 million in 2014 for public television. The low point for state support of public TV was in 2012, when $178 million was recorded, the story adds.

Patrick Butler, chief executive of the Association of Public Television Stations, told the publication that he’s optimistic about future improvements to state support. Public TV stations are increasingly pushing their importance to education, through digital classroom resources as well as through programs such as “Sesame Street,” Jensen notes.

“We are low-cost, high-quality providers of these services in ways we weren’t before,” Butler said.

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