CPS School Library CrisisSeptember 9, 2016
The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) has sent a letter of protest to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) leadership regarding recent cuts to school library media services in the district, and the American Library Association (ALA) has prepared an op-ed scheduled to appear in Saturday's Chicago Tribune. At latest count, the number of CPS schools with school library media positions has dropped from 90% in 2012 to closer to 30% in 2016, largely as a result of positions being reassigned to classroom teaching, as principals grapple with tight budgets. The absence of school media positions poses a serious threat to student learning, teacher support, and the skills and abilities of Chicago's future citizens to participate knowledgeably as workers, parents, and voters. ILA asks Chicago residents to contact your Chicago alderman and your elementary and high school principal(s) to urge restoration of these positions before it's too late!