Fact Sheet for Lawmakers
School Library Programs are Classroom Dollars, NOT Non-Classroom Dollars
One of these things is not like the other! One of these school spending categories directly impacts student achievement:
Plant Operations and Maintenance
School library services and school librarians are considered “Non-Classroom Dollars,” just like building maintenance and transportation. Yet, There is significant evidence linking fully staffed and funded school libraries to increased student achievement.
FACT: According to the National Center for Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education) school librarians are classified as Instructional Support Staff (and consequently non-classroom dollars), even though their primary job function is instruction.
FACT: A highly qualified school librarian is a certified teacher who has at least one year of classroom teaching experience and a School Library Media Endorsement and collaborates with classroom teachers to provide resource-based and standards-aligned lessons for students. (affiliates: place your state certification requirements here)
The Bottom Line: A school library is A SHARED CLASSROOM where teaching and learning occurs, rather than an adjunct to traditional classrooms. School librarians ARE Teachers!
The so-called “65% Solution” will negatively impact school library funding! School librarians and school library services should be considered instructional services in our state's financial accounting structure.
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