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PBS Gets Funding From Gates Foundation

Government budget-cutters may be hungrily eyeing
funds for noncommercial TV and radio, but Bill Gates is investing in the

According to PBS, the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation has given it the $500,000 it asked for to produce math-related digital,
interactive content for a New York City Department of Education Project. More
generally, PBS will launch a pilot initiative, the Digital Learning Object
Academy, to encourage noncom producers to create targeted digital educational

The new in-classroom content will be designed for
sixth graders and its effectiveness measured by an independent research firm.

The Digital Learning Object Academy will launch in
January, with its first order of business soliciting proposals to create the
math digital learning "objects" for the New York school project.