The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

L.A. School Board:
“Who Needs Libraries?”

May 30, 2011

The Los Angeles school board has given layoff notices to 85 teacher-librarians – librarians who have a teaching credential in addition to their librarian license.

District officials say they have to make drastic cuts because they have a big budget shortage. That makes these doubly-licensed librarians, with their higher pay, obvious targets.

And what about the libraries? They will either be run by a less-trained, lower-paid library aide, or closed down altogether. And the gutting of school libraries is already underway, since big budget cuts have made it virtually impossible for schools to buy new books.

Educating children without books is like building a car without any kind of framework. Don’t let these slimy officials who run the public school system pretend they are interested in educating the children of workers. They are ready to junk our children with the librarians.