At long last, I am back to working on the COLA newsletter. Here is the proposed article on school libraries, the BEP, and layoffs. Did I miss anything?*
Will the Library Doors be Open Next Year?

With major budget problems looming again next year, many school districts are planning to cut back on school library services. A number of the planned cuts in personnel will violate the provisions of the state’s Basic Education Plan <www.ride.ri.gov>, and all of them will mean less library services and books for school kids. Woonsocket plans to have no librarians in the elementary schools next year, and only one librarian at the high school and middle school. Other districts—including Bristol/Warren, Burrillville, Coventry, East Greenwich, Lincoln, Newport, North Kingstown, Scituate and Warwick—are also proposing layoffs. Take action—contact your local school committee.
(in highlight box) “An abundance of evidence strongly supports the connection between student achievement and the presence of school libraries with qualified school library media specialists. When library media specialists work with teachers to support learning opportunities with books, computer resources, and more, students learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized tests than their peers in schools without good libraries.” School Libraries Work ! www.scholastic.com>, 2008 (end highlight box)
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(Note, not part of article - also recd news that at least one LMS recd layoff notice in Tiverton and East Providence. These were not included above because I am not aware, at the present time, of announced plans in these communities to actually eliminate school library services or staffing at particular schools.)

Dorothy Frechette, RILINK dorothyfe@cox.net rilink@ride.ri.net
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