Recently there has been much discussion of additional budget cuts in school districts across the nation. Many worry that these additional cuts will affect libraries, including teacher librarians, because administrators are beginning to view them as luxuries rather than necessities.
No one is sure how many jobs will be lost, but The American Association of School Administrators predicts 19% of the nation’s school districts will have fewer librarians next year.
Unfortunately, many fail to recognize the impact librarians have on children. They do more than check out books- they are thoroughly involved in classroom learning and school technology.
The decrease in librarians may severely impact student’s development of information literacy and other key skills. Many children may enjoy spending time in the library but others depend on the library to keep them from falling behind in school.
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