Victorian TL Campaign: Keep those letters coming

4 11 2010

Your letters are starting to have an effect!

Someone who knows a candidate has been told that teacher librarians are becoming an issue.

And a direct query has come from a politician’s office to find out more about staffing formulas in NSW!  (BTW, they are on the NSW Teacher’s Federation site: primary staffing and secondary staffing.)

So keep those letters going to:

Bronwyn Pike, Victorian Minister for Education  bronwyn.pike@parliament.vic.gov.au

Martin Dixon, Victoria Shadow Minister for Education   martin.dixon@parliament.vic.gov.au

Victoria Lower House Liberal candidates

Victoria Upper House Liberal candidates

Victorian Green Candidates

Victorian ALP members/candidates

Dear Candidate,

Research has shown that only 13% of Victorian primary schools are staffed with qualified teacher librarians, one of the worst rates in the country. Many schools employ library technicians and librarians (not certified as teachers) to run school libraries. 12% of these are managed by someone with no formal qualifications of any kind, including volunteer parents

In NSW  volunteers have not been running school libraries since before the 1970 Commonwealth grants. In NSW all schools are officially staffed with teachers who are also trained as librarians

With declining budgets, schools in Victoria are often forced to go for cheaper options, even when they know that teacher librarians make a difference to student learning.

The Federal Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians took evidence of over 60 studies internationally confirming this. Dual qualified teacher librarians make a difference to student literacy and learning. Reading scores rise. Students read more.  Their writing and spelling and vocabulary improve. Academic results improve regardless of socio-economic considerations.

Yet, the Victorian government seems unaware of the research. The Victorian government must take the initiative. If you truly care about literacy and student achievement, I ask you to support the staffing of government school libraries with qualified teacher librarians.

Do you support our campaign for a qualified teacher librarian in every school?

Your reply will be posted for all Victorians to see.

Thank you,

Name

Victorian voter  address

RESPONSES CAN BE POSTED ON THE  VICAMPAIGN WIKI

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