I received the following email over the weekend, and I felt like it needed immediate attention, so I decided to post it right away.
The Mississippi Department of Education is proposing and has drafted “Revisions to the Process Standards of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards”. As the standards are now, public schools are REQUIRED to have licensed librarians (either full- or part-time, depending on enrollment), and administration is REQUIRED to provide adequate funding for libraries.
The newly proposed (drafted) set of standards are changing from “requiring” schools to have a librarian to “recommending” schools have a librarian, and are to set NO BUDGET REQUIREMENTS for the libraries. This is a death knoll for all licensed librarians and an educational deterrent to school children of all ages. The library is the hub of the school!
Please visit the link below and read the proposal. Issues that concern librarians are highlighted in red. Time is of the essence! Please note that the accompanying cover letter indicates that all comments – whether written or by email – must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Please take time to read the proposal and send your comments to the MDE to let them know how this will impact hundreds, if not thousands, of people’s lives.
Even if you do not live in Mississippi PLEASE let my state know how devastating these changes will be for our schools and students.
I am so sad to hear about this, and I hope every one of my readers will take a few minutes to share their thoughts with the Mississippi Department of Education by 5:00 p.m. on February 18.
Comments can be emailed to accountability (at) mde.k12.ms.us or faxed to 601-359-1979.