NSW teacher librarians are taking a proactive role to let their local members know the implications of school autonomy for the staffing of qualified teacher librarians in government schools. MPs, it seems, have not been aware of this and, so far, have welcomed further information, both on the research which shows that school based management does not improve educational outcomes and on the national staffing statistics we have.
We urge all NSW TLs to do likewise. Here is the background paper we are presenting to MPs for their information. We are also giving them, when possible, a hard copy of the Inquiry Report, and a request for them to:
- Oppose “Local Schools, Local Decisions”
- Stand up for continued core staffing of teacher librarians
- Stand up for dedicated funding to school libraries, especially in areas of social and economic disadvantage.