This year is the National Year of Reading 2012.
- How many government schools in your electorate do not have dual-trained teacher librarians in charge of their libraries? Of these, how many are new or refurbished BER libraries?
- How many government secondary and primary schools in your electorate do not have centralized school libraries?
- Are you aware of the well-researched link between literacy and well-funded and professionally staffed school libraries?
- Are you aware that there is no research linking principals’ right to hire and fire with increased literacy and learning?
- In this National Year of Reading, what strategies will you put into place to assure students have the advantage of a qualified teacher librarian in every school, such as increased funding and scholarships for teacher librarian tertiary training and adequate funds to government schools so that they can afford to staff teacher librarians?
I look forward to hearing from you regarding your support for literacy and the advantages of a teacher librarian for students in your electorate.
Make the National Year of Reading count!
See one response in the comments from Greg Combett, and what you might write back. Don’t let them wiggle out of facing the issues. And you have asked fair questions. Demand answers, not evasion and buck-passing.
The Shadow Minister of Education in the ACT has responded positively to our plea to “Please ask the government what they are doing to ensure that the funds/staffing points are there to support specialist staff and that the tertiary training programs for teacher librarians are reinstated and scholarship incentives provided so that principals who want qualified teacher librarians will be able to get them.”
See his speech in Parliament at http://on-demand.parliament.act.gov.au/speeches/on_item/4802 four minutes almost at the end. You will be surprised to at last hear a politician advocating for teacher librarians!!
And through Questions on Notice in the NT, Peter Chandler has been able to get us all the statistics on school library staffing. Of 151 government schools, only 13 qualified teacher librarians!