A Dearth of California School Librarians

If you can read this, don't thank a school librarian -- they're too hard to find.

Fewer than 25 percent of California public schools are staffed with a school librarian, according to SFGate. That makes about 900 school librarians across the state, according to Department of Education statistics -- or the lowest ratio of librarians-to-students in the country.

With budgets sliced and diced to balance big statewide deficits in Sacramento, school librarians are often the first to go, according to the report. Schools will try to share librarians between three campuses, or ask parent volunteers to fill in to tell students where the books are kept.

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THis has been an issue with California schools for decades - ever since Prop 13. This was one reason my mother, a school librarian in Texas, did not return to her home state of CA - no job.

Actually, there are also too many schools with no nurses, and no art/music teachers, and no counselors, but there is no shortage of cops in schools. This is the result of emphasizing lower taxes, performance-testing and criminal prosecution in schools, rather than providing a nurturing and healthy environment for children to grow.

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