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January 17, 2012

School Libraries

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 2:29 am
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Our children need your help!

Carl Harvey, the 2011-2012 President of the American Association of School Librarians, is attempting to get a petition before the Obama administration. In short, the petition is to “ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program” (longer explanation in Harvey’s own words follows).

For this petition to be viewed by White House staff, Harvey needs 25,000 signatures no later than February 4, 2012. As I am writing this, he has 8,501 signatures. Please help him succeed!

To sign the petition, click here.  It will take you to We The People, a site specifically designed to get petitions before the President and his staff.  Please, please, please take the time to do this.  Yes, you have to register.  Yes, the software is wonky.  But do you really want to live in a country run by people who grew up without solid school library programs.  Think about it.

Here is the longer explanation of what Harvey is doing, in his own words:

“We petition the obama administration to: Ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program. Every child in America deserves access to an effective school library program. We ask that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs. Such action will ensure more students have access to the resources and tools that constitute a 21st century learning environment. Reductions in school library programs are creating an ‘access gap’ between schools in wealthier communities versus those where there are high levels of poverty. All students should have an equal opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to learn, to participate, and to compete in today’s world.”

I’ve signed.  Have you?



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