Budget Cuts Have Eliminated This Long Time School Librarian

Marsha Prybutok has served as school librarian in Northeast Philadelphia’s Louis H. Farrell School for 17 years. There’s a plaque on the door of the library memorializing her mother who passed away in 2000. Now she’s leaving the school, her position has been cut, and she’s undeniably angry.

Prybutok says, in this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer: In March, my principal told me that she was eliminating my position, ostensibly because of budget cuts. The grief and anger I felt over my dismissal and the neglect of a viable school library still linger, but mostly I wonder how – and why – the schoolchildren of Philadelphia continue to be shortchanged. I keep asking myself the same questions. Where is the justice in all this? Who is watching out for my children – our children? I don’t have the answers.