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Petition to White House on School Libraries

A petition has been created in the US calling for an effective school library program for every child.

The petition calls for the Obama Administration to:

Ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program.

"Every child in America deserves access to an effective school library program. We ask that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs. Such action will ensure more students have access to the resources and tools that constitute a 21st century learning environment. Reductions in school library programs are creating an ‘access gap’ between schools in wealthier communities versus those where there are high levels of poverty. All students should have an equal opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to learn, to participate, and to compete in today’s world."

The official White House response to the petition also makes interesting reading.

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