Thank you to all who have supported our petition for Quality School Libraries in Australia. The original was sent two years ago on 16 November 2009 with 1600 signatures. An update will now be sent to Julia through Peter Garrett, who needs to be informed of the fact that the federal government DOES have a role to play in education nationally (hmm, thought Julia might have shown him a few of the current federal initiatives….and our Inquiry Report.)
So call out all teacher librarian and school library supporters today who have not yet signed to sign our petition now. But please don’t sign again as I am having to spend the day eliminating all the duplicate signatures name by name. We need to have a valid petition, even though I know you REALLY care!
There IS a role for the federal government to play in supporting TL training, developing national guidelines, collecting workforce data, tying resource funding, preserving TL staffing under National Partnership Agreements and requiring that literacy programs and other national curricula explicitly recognize the central role school libraries have in student achievement, literacy attainment, and preparation for post-secondary success.
We are frankly appalled that Peter Garrett is giving us the same message which federal parliamentarians fobbed us off with four years ago. Peter Garrett, time to come back from apparently being Lost in Space and Time!