For every $1 of federal funding, public broadcasting stations raise more than $6 from local sources — a tremendous return and a successful public-private partnership. Still, the new administration is proposing to eliminate this funding and leave millions of Americans without what they believe is the most trusted source of news, information and early education in the country.
Patrick O'Donnell has led Teach For America's Indianapolis region since 2010. He joined Teach For America staff in 2005 as member of the Boston recruitment team, then worked as a school director at Teach For America's Los Angeles summer institute where he led his 93 new corps members to achieve the highest student achievement gains across all the summer institute schools. Patrick was Teach For America corps member in Los Angeles in 2003 and taught seventh and eighth grade English and ESL. He graduated from Boston College and has an M.B.A. and a master's in public policy in Georgetown University. Essay text available online here.