Fund school media centers properly

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Budget cuts are just tough and cause our legislators to come up with ways for us all to "do without."

As the legislature comes to a close, one little-known bill that is making its way through the House and the Senate practically unnoticed is House Bill 278. Section Three of the bill allows local school boards to rob school libraries of their budgets for two years through July of 2010. Ironically, the bill passed through the Senate Education and Youth Committee.

I fail to understand how you advocate for education or youth by cutting library funds. Some rather well-known studies have proven that school libraries managed by library professionals are correlated to student achievement. Libraries support curriculum, encourage literacy, support the efforts of classroom teachers (especially new teachers!) and encourage the use of technology in classrooms.

Not providing the means to do those things for two years will be a real setback. I can only hope our local school board will understand the value of school libraries and decide not to steal funds from media budgets to make up for their own budget woes.

Leslie Olig

Augusta

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shamrock
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shamrock 04/04/09 - 08:19 am
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Leslie ... all part of the

Leslie ... all part of the "sharing the wealth". Doesn't matter who gets hurt as long as everything is shared, even when it makes no sense!

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Riverman1 04/04/09 - 08:27 am
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Fund libraries well and close

Fund libraries well and close the schools.

disssman
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disssman 04/04/09 - 04:26 pm
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Riverman the way we have

Riverman the way we have ignored salaries of teachers, you may have the only solution. I checked recently and the top ten percent of teachers in every grade k-8 falls between 60 - 80K a year. There is apparently no salary cap for any grade and the sky is the limit. Unfortunately, if this is allowed to continue, we will not have the funds to even pay for enough teachers in one grade. If you attach the 35% overhead for taxes, pensions and medical, that means we are paying well over 100,000 dollars a year for some kindergarden teachers. I just ask you how long can we continue to increase salaries with no caps?

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Riverman1 04/04/09 - 09:06 pm
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Dissman, excellent point. GA

Dissman, excellent point. GA has the 18th best paid teachers in the country. When "the comfort index" is considered, GA ranks 3rd in teacher pay. Principal and administrator salaries are way above the national average. Our attempts to fix low test scores has led to exorbitant salaries for educators in GA with poor results.

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elemtchr 04/04/09 - 09:59 pm
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Out of curiousity, do any of

Out of curiousity, do any of you work in a school? If not, you have NO idea what goes on behind the scenes. There is more to education than just instructing students when you consider how ill-prepared many kids are when they enter school. There are so many parents who don't parent and force this on teachers. When you have first graders watching movies like Twilight, you have a few parents with their priorities out of whack. If you want to bash salaries, let's look at athletes, not teachers.

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