Petition Calls for Access to Effective School Library Programs for Every Child

The American Association of School Librarians division of the American Library Association President Carl Harvey has launched a petition to ask the White House to ensure that every child has access to an effective school library. Below, Harvey talks about the petition at ALA's Midwinter meeting in Dallas. 
The petition reads: 
Every child in America deserves access to an effective school library program. We ask that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs. Such action will ensure more students have access to the resources and tools that constitute a 21st century learning environment. Reductions in school library programs are creating an ‘access gap’ between schools in wealthier communities versus those where there are high levels of poverty. All students should have an equal opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to learn, to participate, and to compete in today’s world.
The petition needs a little more than 12,500 signatures by February 4, 2012 to meet the 25,000 signature goal.
Jason Kucsma
Author: Jason Kucsma
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