Dr. Ann Ewbank, Education Liaison Librarian, Fletcher Library at Arizona State University, posted the following message on the AASL list serv:
On Tuesday, April 22, the Mesa (AZ) Public Schools Governing Board will vote on a proposal that would eliminate every teacher-librarian over a three year period, and staff the libraries with a classified aide.
Mesa Public Schools is the largest school district in Arizona, with 87 schools, including 58 elementary schools, 13 junior high schools, seven high schools and nine focus schools. In 2007-2008, 73,808 were enrolled in the district.
Each school is currently staffed with a full-time certified teacher-librarian and a full-time aide.
School librarians from around the country are being asked to email or fax the Mesa Public school board members to try to prevent this tragedy! You can make a difference! You do make a difference with students every day – so lend your voice to this issue.
We have a very short time frame to convince these Board members that this decision is a detrimental one for almost 74,000 students and their academic achievement.
The email addresses of the Governing Board members can be found here:
You can also fax a letter on letterhead. The fax is available on the web page.
Make sure to indicate your credentials in the email or letter (AASL President, professor, teacher-librarian, AASL committee member, etc).
Let’s make an impact on these Board members!