Cuts to BC Teacher Librarians Shocking

BC teacher-librarians stunned by proposed cuts

Teacher-librarians across the province are stunned by proposed cuts to
teacher-librarian staffing in recent budget recommendations by Vancouver and
Coquitlam, said Heather Daly, president of the BC Teacher-Librarians’
Association.

“Once upon a time, the provincial government said they wanted BC to be the
most literate jurisdiction in North America,
” said Daly. “But now,
government underfunding is forcing school districts to lay off the very
people that help children learn to read.

“Teacher-librarians don’t just teach students to read, we teach them to love
reading. Teacher-librarians teach research skills and Internet literacy.
Without teacher-librarians, schools and students will lose a valuable
resource that will only negatively impact their learning.”

In Vancouver, the board of education has proposed:

– Reduction of 43.0 FTE teachers including resource teachers (ESL and
Special Education), learning assistance/skills development teachers,
secondary school counsellors, and teacher-librarians.
– This proposed reduction of learning specialist teachers including
teacher-librarians, with a budget impact of $2,911,530, is the largest,
single proposed cut within the budget recommendations.
– Elimination of the 1.0 FTE teacher-librarian consultant position with
the subsequent addition of a 0.4 FTE teacher-librarian mentor.
– Elimination of 0.4 additional teacher-librarian time at Britannia
Elementary, with 0.2 eliminated in 2010–11 and the remaining 0.2 eliminated
in 2011–12.

In Coquitlam, the board of education has proposed:

– Reduction of 9.0 FTE non-enrolling teachers including
teacher-librarians.
– This proposed reduction, with a budget impact of $810,000, is the
largest, single proposed cut within the budget recommendations.

“The BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association is calling on all boards of
education to preserve school library services for students and reject
recommendations that will hurt literacy in BC,” said Daly. “Schools need a
library that is open all day and staffed with a teacher-librarian to ensure
students have the best access to books and research possible.”

For more information, go to the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association website
at http://www.bctf.ca/BCTLA or contact Heather Daly at 604-937-6380.

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