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Locals disagree with state school board's decision

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 11:03pm

When the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) visited Shreveport, many were glad to see them. Now, that may not be the case.

State Representative Barbara Norton (D- District 3) has filed a resolution to have BESE reverse a decision they made regarding librarians. In the decision, BESE announced all schools need to have at least one part-time librarian, but also added that schools with alternative library resources don't need to follow that requirement.

Red River United, consisting of the Caddo and Bossier Federation of Teachers calls that decision short-sited, pointing out the importance of librarians getting students interested in all types of reason.

The Caddo Parish School Board seems to agree with them, drafting a resolution to send to BESE about their announced changes. The resolution will be discussed at a school board meeting Tuesday.

Jackie Lansdale, the President of Red River United, reminds people that when state funding is cut, it is up to local area to provide funding. She states the millage is one way to make sure local children can utilize their school libraries. This is something that residents are currently paying, but must be voted on for a renewal.

Because, without librarians, both Lansdale and Norton think, local children won't be getting the public education promised to them.

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