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ERIC Number: EJ932769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
A Librarian in Every School, Books in Every Home: A Modest Proposal
Peterson, Bob
Rethinking Schools, v24 n4 p38-40 Sum 2010
This spring, the Milwaukee district announced major cuts to local school budgets for next year. At the 400-student elementary school where the author works, the projected cuts meant that, despite a modest increase in student enrollment, they had to cut an additional staff position. Given that in the past few years budget cuts had forced them to eliminate the music teacher, gym teacher, program implementor, half a secretarial position, and all of their regular classroom teaching assistants, they had little choice but to eliminate their librarian position. Similar cuts occurred throughout the Milwaukee schools, so it's likely that next year the nearly 100 elementary and K-8 schools in the district will have only five full-time librarians. In this article, elementary school students join a campaign to save school librarians. A community meeting, attended by 75 people--including librarians, parents, students, university faculty, and concerned community members--discussed an array of possible immediate, medium, and long-range actions. The most interesting proposal, from the author's point of view, was the idea that they should demand that the federal government--as part of its planned ESEA reauthorization--include funding for a full-time librarian in every public school with 200 children or more, plus outreach librarians in city and county library systems to work with religious and community organizations to increase the use of community libraries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin