The New Jersey Association of School Librarians is asking for your help in passing S1903, a bill to ensure that certified school librarians are teaching in every school and district across the state.
It’s a critically important moment for school librarians and the students they serve. A recent national study shows that New Jersey has lost between 300 and 400 school librarians in the last decade. The most recent NJ School Performance Report Card reports that the ratio of school librarians to students is 1:1128 - the worst ratio for any staff category! And yet, certified school librarians are vital to student success from standardized tests to individualized learning.
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NJASL wants to thank the sponsors Sen. James Beach and Sen. Linda Greenstein for introducing this important legislation. The bill clearly states what every school librarian across New Jersey already knows: “In order to be college-and-career-ready in the twenty-first century, students must be able to use a wide range of information resources including books, media, technology, and the Internet. All students must be able to locate, evaluate, and interpret information accurately for academic and professional success." A qualified school library media specialist is uniquely suited through educational training and professional development to provide this educational foundation for all students. Many states currently require school library media specialists in their schools and most use student enrollment to determine the number of school library media specialists the schools employ.
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