Many of these stations across the country are partnering with school districts and state education departments to provide curriculum-based lessons and educational programming — all free and commercial free. And in some places, award-winning teachers are leading the lessons.
According to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, its members reach almost 99 percent of the country, including areas where families have no Internet service.
There are already several strong partnerships offering extensive programming. For example, PBS SoCal says that more than 200,000 Californians in 140,000 homes are daily tuning into its “At Home Learning” broadcasts — and that the model is being used by more than 70 stations in 30 states. PBS SoCal partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District and several other California public media stations.