Thursday, May 6, 2010
Defense of Librarians filed by Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
A group of school librarians contends that Pittsburgh Public Schools is making serious cuts in its library and information literacy programs, and implementing staff reductions in other areas, that ultimately will undermine the district's principle of excellence for all students.
"Research has shown a direct positive correlation between school libraries, learning and test scores. The fact that nine Pittsburgh Public Schools have no teacher-librarians to teach information literacy demonstrates both inequitable opportunities for students ... and a cause for concern for [school district] stakeholders," states a 29-page memorandum compiled by the librarians.
Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.