Yesterday, all eight Teacher Librarians in the district were notified that their positions may be eliminated as part of a number of sweeping budget cuts the district must make.
This hits hard after the cuts to libraries last year: all but one site lost a library technician.
The purpose of this blog is to collect stories or comments about how the CJUHSD libraries have had a positive impact on you(teachers, staff, parents, but especially STUDENTS)
Feel free to add any concerns you may have about what might happen to the libraries if this position is eliminated.
It doesn't matter which district school you attend or where you work.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
STUDENTS: For your safety & privacy, please only include yourfirst name and last initial when making comments.
TL's play a key role in student success and it would be a great loss to each of the eight comprehensive school sites in the district to lose them. For more information about the role Teacher Librarians have in student achievement, check out these resources:
California's School Libraries Make a Difference by Doug Achterman, University of North Texas, December 2008
School Libraries Work! 2008 Edition (PDF; 28pp. Scholastic)
Summarizes findings from a decade of empirical studies that cite the measurable impact school libraries and library media specialists have on student achievement.
School Libraries Make a Difference (PDF; 2pp. summary of findings from CSLA, 2005)
Research studies from 1993-2005 in Sixteen States
Other Research Related to School Libraries (California Department of Education)
For more information about the CJUHSD's budget, including a space to send comments or suggestions to the district, check out their Budget Watch webpage.
We need your help, let your voice be heard!
Act Now! Click the COmment link at the top of this post.
(you may post anonymously if you wish)
My name is Sarah Bosler and I am a Teacher Librarian at Montclair High School in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District (CJUHSD).
The Daily Bulletin is working on related stories, please comment on their blog as well.
Letters to the DB Editor
Pros Should Pitch In (Mar 11, 2010)
Pros should fund school sports (Feb 23, 2010)
Save libraries (Feb 14, 2010)
Cut subs first (Feb 13, 2010)
Etiwanda High sit-in emphasizes displeasure with budget cuts (March 12, 2010)
CJUHSD will send 84 layoff notices (March 3, 2010)
Chaffey district considers $10 million in cuts (Feb 17, 2010)
CJUHSD cuts school days (Feb 8, 2010)