Budget cuts prove costly to school librarians, student performance

08/23/2013 | Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.), The

Budget cuts increasingly are falling on the shoulders of the school librarian, writes Debra Kachel, a faculty member in the School Library and Information Technologies School of Mansfield University and director of the PA School Library Project. Kachel argues against this, citing research in Pennsylvania showing that students with access to a full-time certified school librarian posted higher scores on reading exams, particularly among students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. She also notes that prisons in the state are required to have librarians but not schools.

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