The basic human right to literacy is less available to thousands of children in Los Angeles, who are growing up without the benefit of a middle school library. Currently, 76 of the 92 middle school libraries in LAUSD are either closed or without prof…
The impact of school libraries and qualified teacher librarians being removed from students’ schooling experience over the years in Los Angeles: "76 of the 92 middle school libraries in LAUSD are either closed or without professional staff" – what an appalling statistic!!!
According to this article the Los Angeles Board of Education will consider a resolution this month to create a committee to study the current status of school libraries in the district.
As those within our profession know we already have considerable evidence (worldwide!!) demonstrating the contribution school libraries and qualified teacher librarians make to student achievement. Check out http://www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/impact-studies/, http://www.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/s/slw3_2008.pdf, http://www.iasl-online.org/advocacy/make-a-difference.html, and http://www.asla.org.au/research.aspx for starters.
Thankfully, our profession has champions with a powerful voice such as Susan Sontag. Let’s hope the LA BoE does agree to establish this committee and that the school library associations at the state and national level can gain serious leverage from the review process.
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