[library-media] Cuts in School Library Funding

Lanell Rabner lanell.rabner at nebo.edu
Wed Feb 3 08:10:07 MST 2010


Found in this week's AASL HotLinks:


President’s FY2011 Budget Proposals Calls for Cuts to 
School Library Funding
  
President Obama’s FY2011 Budget Proposal to Congress 
released February 1, included a $400 billion investment 
into education but did not include specific funds for 
school libraries. Additionally, the budget called for a 
consolidation of the funds for the Improving Literacy 
Through School Libraries Program, which takes the funds 
out of reach for most school libraries.

“This Administration says it wants to focus on programs 
that are effective, but it has not only recommended policy 
that will keep school libraries underfunded, it will also 
eliminate funds for a program that the Department of 
Education has evaluated twice and found to be effective 
both times,” American Association of School Librarians 
President Cassandra Barnett said.


In addition to the press release put out in response to 
the President’s Budget Proposal, AASL is encouraging 
members to write to their local media outlets and share 
with their communities the impact your school library 
programs have in your districts. To support this call to 
action, AASL has provided members with a sample letter to 
the editor, available for download on ALA Connect. Use the 
contents of this letter to draft your own messages to your 
local newspapers, radio stations, and parent and youth 
organizations.

Lanell Rabner
Librarian
Springville High School
1205 East 900 South
Springville, Utah 84663 USA
801.489.2870
lanell.rabner at nebo.edu


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