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Washington district latest to eliminate librarians

April 18, 2019


As school districts prioritize their budget needs for the coming year, there is a temptation to cut school librarian positions or reduce them to part-time status as some school districts are doing. The decision in SPS also comes as President Donald Trump, for a third time, has proposed to cut federal funding for the Institute for Museum and Library Services, which provides grants to both public and school libraries.

While library operations in some districts may need to be streamlined, cutting them out altogether seems like a pathway to failure considering the many roles that modern school librarians or media specialists serve.

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