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Pennsylvania and Public Television


Just over 60 years ago, the nation’s very first community-sponsored television station went on the air here in Pennsylvania. The Greater Pittsburgh area PTAs and school districts who built that station believed that, as good as programs like Howdy Doody, Make Room for Daddy, and Love of Life were, television had more to offer. They believed that television could become the country’s largest classroom.

In the years since, Pennsylvania Public Television stations have created entertaining programs and series based on science, math, history, and language arts. These programs transformed curricula and ultimately changed American education. Consider the impact Sesame Street (which first aired in Pennsylvania) has had on how children learn. Before the program premiered in 1969, children went to school to learn how to read. But after Sesame Street, children went to school able to read. Educators scrambled to keep up.

Keeping this educational service commercial-free is costly, and the same year that Sesame Street premiered, Pennsylvania lawmakers voted to partially fund the Commonwealth’s eight public television stations. They referred to the broadcasters in Erie, Harrisburg, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, State College, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as a low cost educational alternative for learners of all ages. 

This partnership lasted for 40 years, ending in 2009, but today the nonpartisan Pennsylvania Public Television Caucus is working to restore that partnership. They recognize that Pennsylvania’s public television stations are leaders in delivering innovative educational content. From children to teachers & caregivers and from career training to lifelong learning, public television in Pennsylvania is harnessing new technologies to offer hundreds of local initiatives for improved education in all stages of life.


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Representative Barry J. Jozwiak (R) - District 5

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Representative Bill Kortz (D) - District 38

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Representative Brandon P. Neuman (D) - District 48

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Representative Brian Simms (D) - District 182

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Representative Dan Frankel (D) - District 23

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Representative Daniel T. McNeill (D) - District 133

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Representative Dave Reed (R) - District 62

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Representative David R. Millard (R) - District 109

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Representative Dom Costa (D) - District 21

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Representative Dwight Evans (D) - District 203

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Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D) - District 121

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Representative Eli Evankovich (R) - District 54

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Representative Florindo J. Fabrizio (D) - District 2

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Representative Frank Dermody (D) - District 33

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Representative Frank Farina (D) - District 112

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Representative Garth Everett (R) - District 84

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Representative George Dunbar (R) - District 56

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Representative Gerald J. Mullery (D) - District 119

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Representative Glen Grell (R) - District 87

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Representative Greg Vitali (D) - District 166

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Representative Harold English (R) - District 30

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Representative Harry Readshaw (D) - District 36

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Representative Jack Rader (R) - District 176

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Representative James Roebuck (D) - District 188

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Representative Jaret Gibbons (D) - District 10

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Representative Jerry Knowles (R) - District 124

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Representative Jim Cox (R) - District 129

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Representative Jim Marshall (R) - District 14

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Representative John Maher (R) - District 40

Representative John T. Galloway (D) - District 140

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Representative Jordan A. Harris (D) - District 186

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Representative Joseph Markosek (D) - District 25

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Representative Judy Ward (R) - District 80

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Representative Julie Harhart (R) - District 183

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Representative Justin Simmons (R) - District 131

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Representative Karen Boback (R) - District 117

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Representative Katharine M. Watson (R) - District 144

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Representative Kevin J. Boyle (D) - District 172

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Representative Kurt Masser (R) - District 107

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Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R) - District 108

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Representative Marcia M. Hahn (R) - District 138

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Representative Maria P. Donatucci (D) - District 185

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Representative Mark Cohen (D) - District 202

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Representative Mark Longietti (D) - District 07

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Representative Mark Mustio (R) - District 44

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Representative Mark Rozzi (D) - District 126

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Representative Mark Rozzi (D) - District 126

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Representative Marty Flynn (D) - District 113

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Representative Mary Jo Daley (D) - District 148

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Representative Mauree Gingrich (R) - District 101

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Representative Mauree Gingrich (R) - District 101

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Representative Michael Hanna (D) - District 76

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Representative Michael O’Brien (D) - District 175

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Representative Mike Carroll (D) - District 118

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Representative Mike Schlossberg (D) - District 132

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Representative Mike Tobash (R) - District 125

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Representative Mike Vereb (R) - District 150

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Representative Neal Goodman (D) - District 123

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Representative P. Michael Sturla (D) - District 96

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Representative Pam Snyder (D) - District 50

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Representative Parke Wentling (R) - District 17

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Representative Patrick Harkins (D) - District 1

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Representative Patty Kim (D) - District 103

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Representative Paul Costa (D) - District 34

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Representative Peter Schweyer (D) - District 22

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Representative Rob W. Kauffman (R) - District 89

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Representative Robert F. Matzie (D) - District 16

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Representative Robert Freeman (D) - District 136

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Representative Ronald Marsico (R) - District 105

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Representative Rosemary Brown (R) - District 189

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Representative Ryan Bizzarro (D) - District 3

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Representative Ryan Mackenzie (R) - District 134

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Representative Sandra Major (R) - District 111

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Representative Scott Conklin (D) - District 77

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Representative Sheryl DeLozier (R) - District 88

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Representative Sid Kavulich (D) - District 114

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Representative Stephen Kinsey (D) - District 201

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Representative Steve McCarter (R) - District 154

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Representative Steve Samuelson (D) - District 135

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Representative Susan Helm (R) - District 104

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Representative Tarah Toolhil (R) - District 116

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Representative Thomas P. Murt (R) - District 152

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Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone (D) - District 127

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Representative Tim Briggs (D) - District 149

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Representative Tina Davis (D) - District 141

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Representative Tina Pickett (R) - District 110

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Representative Warren Kampf (R) - District 157

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Representative Will Tallman (R) - District 193

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Senator Andrew Dinniman (D) - District 19

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Senator Bob Mensch (R) - District 24

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Senator Camera Bartolotta (R) - District 46

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Senator Christine M. Tartaglione (D) - District 2

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Senator David Argall (R) - District 29

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Senator Daylin Leach (D) - District 17

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Senator Donald C. White (R) - District 41

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Senator Gene Yaw (R) - District 23

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Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R) - District 37

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Senator Jake Corman (R) - District 34

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Senator Jay Costa (D) - District 43

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Senator John Blake (D) - District 22

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Senator John P. Sabatina, Jr. (D) - District 5

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Senator John R. Gordner (R) - District 27

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Senator John Yudichak (D) - District 14

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Senator Joseph Scarnati III (R) - District 25

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Senator Judith L. Schwank (D) - District 11

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Senator Larry Farnese (D) - District 1

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Senator Lisa Boscola (D) - District 18

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Senator Mario Scavello (R) - District 40

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Senator Matt Smith (D) - District 37

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Senator Pat Browne (R) - District 16

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Senator Patricia Vance (R) - District 31

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Senator Randy Vulakovich (R) - District 38

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Senator Rob Teplitz (D) - District 15

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Senator Robert M. Tomlinson (R) - District 6

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Senator Sean Wiley (D) - District 49

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Senator Wayne Fontana (D) - District 42

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