Friday, August 26, 2005

CA: We rank 51st in school librarians to students ratio

San Diego NC Times:
Library funding slashed by 97 percent since 2001

A cupped handful of pennies ---- 71 cents to be exact ---- is the sum Sacramento lawmakers will send to school libraries this year for each student.

The 2004-05 investment in education represents a 97 percent decrease from the $28 per student the state spent on libraries in 2001. And, in fact, California ranks 51st in the country today ---- behind Puerto Rico ---- in the ratio of licensed librarians to students.
Another reason why we need to vote NO on Proposition 76 (spending cap bill), which will cut funding for schools even more.