What if we saw hundreds of hand-drawn, red lettered signs in neighborhoods that said…Our kids deserve school librarians? St. Paul parents worked hand-in-hand across the St. Paul Federation of Teachers this year as they collectively bargained for a new contract which included getting back the school media specialists who had pretty much disappeared through budget cuts. In fact, each remaining media specialist was left trying to serve about 4,000 students! Read the full, feel-good story, a model to consider in districts where media centers are no longer staffed by licensed media specialists.
CMLE continues to report on this issue and offer solutions and strategies for affecting positive change in Central Minnesota schools. Share your thoughts or other ideas in comments!
Other recent CMLE posts on this subject:
- Where have the media specialists gone in 2014?
- Make noise! School libraries are critical
- Michigan State Board of Education passes resolution and benchmarks in support of school libraries!
- School Libraries Matter Video
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