[Libs-Or] Sec. Duncan says school administrators should protect funding for libraries

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 12:50:58 PST 2009

Sec. Duncan says school administrators should protect funding for libraries
November 09th, 2009 | Category:
School Libraries <http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?cat=11>

The US Chamber of Commerce hosted the Institute of Competitive Workforce’s
Education and Workforce Summit 2009 today.  US Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan gave the Opening Address and talked about the needs of our education
system and why Race to the Top will be so important. Race to the Top Fund is
a competitive one-time grant program funded through the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that aims to encourage and reward states that
are leading education innovation and reform.

I asked him how he could use the information literacy specialists – the
school librarians – to address perceived needs.  His answer was sort of
vague platitudes, so I followed up asking him again what he will
specifically do.  He said that he needs to make sure that school
administrators don’t cut school librarians or funds for school libraries.

We heartily agree.

Emily Sheketoff <esheketoff at alawash.org>
Executive Director
ALA Washington Office


Diedre Conkling
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR  97365
Work phone & fax:  541-265-3066
Work email:  diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email:  diedre08 at gmail.com
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