Californians Want Their School Libraries OPEN

WALNUT CREEK — Librarians from Walnut Creek, Concord, Castro Valley and San Jose joined members of the California PTA today at Foothill Middle School to denounce education cuts that are shutting school libraries.

Because of cuts in the Mt. Diablo district, most middle schools libraries are open two days a week and closed three days. But Foothill parents raised about $17,000 to keep their librarian on-site for a third day and to pay for a library aide who staffs the facility from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the other two days.

California ranks 51st in the nation in its ratio of librarians to students, with one school librarian per 5,124 students compared to the national average of one to 916 students, according to a 2006-07 report from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Read more at education writer Theresa Harrington's On Assignment blog at www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment.

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Unfortunately, Californians don't seem to want to pay for that

We (I'm a native) want lots of things...some of them contradictory, like more services and no new taxes and continuing the giveaway to business property owners that's at the heart of Prop13 and allowing a minority to hold up budget issues.

Until some of those contradictions are resolved (or until the Feds stop taking such a huge chunk of CA's money), this isn't going to be fixed. "Denounce" does not equal "solve."

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