Public broadcasting in Texas touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 12 public television and 36 public radio stations play a vital role in Texas education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Texas:
- Participates in Project Smart, offering standardized educational programming for the children of migrant workers. Teachers in each area work with the children to help them keep up their studies despite the frequent relocation of their families.
- Partners with Purple Songs Can Fly, a nonprofit organization that sponsors a music program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center in Houston. It allows patients at the hospital to compose and record songs in a real studio.
- Participates in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labsproject, which helps high school students learn about modern news reporting by working with a media arts class, journalists, a TV news producer and the national NewsHour team.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Face to Face, featuring politically important and socially relevant issues.
- Austin City Limits, which exposes diverse music genres to millions of people each week. It is the longest-running music program in television history.
- Participates in Ready To Learn, an innovative public media initiative that improves the math and literacy skills of our nation’s youngest citizens, ages 2-8 years, especially those from low-income backgrounds.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships.
- Participates in the PBS Kids GO! Writers Contest, which is designed to help children explore their world in a creative way by writing stories and drawing imaginative illustrations. Children submitted thousands of stories.
- Offers bilingual and Spanish-language channels featuring children’s shows, lifestyle programs, arts-based entertainment and science education, allowing public radio and TV stations to serve primarily Spanish-speaking families.
- Produces and broadcasts university classes or telecourses, enabling students to participate in distance education and relieve the load on university classroom space and time commitments.
- Offers internship opportunities to high school and college students who wish to learn more about radio and television production and reporting.