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Des Moines has no elementary media specialists, Cedar Rapids has most 
schools with only 1/2 time media specialists, now Davenport takes a 
hit.  What more?  How can administrators who are so data driven even 
pretend to read the research -- see Curry Lance, Ken Haycock, David 
Loertscher and all the research in the field supporting library 
medias with fully staffed libraries - -and the increase in reading 
achievement and then blink at the facts?  How can they ignore the 
"data" while gathering ...
Sharron McElmeel

At 6:23 PM -0500 04/28/06, Belinda Holbrook wrote:
>It was a sad day for elementary library media specialists in Davenport
>today. I believe it was back in the mid-90's when several of our elementary
>schools had been cut back to having half-time media specialists. We had
>worked our way back up to full-time media specialists in every building. But
>today it was announced that ten schools (populations under 360) will be
>sharing media specialists next year. That includes nine elementary schools
>and the alternative high school. It was especially disappointing because we
>thought the district must be committed to high quality media programs since
>they had put in beautiful new media centers in most of our schools. I
>understand that one of the arguments for the cuts was that Des Moines,
>another large urban school, has no elementary media specialists. So, even
>with the cuts, we're still better off than they are. How sad.
>Belinda Holbrook
>Media Specialist
>Harrison Elementary
>Davenport, IA

Sharron L. McElmeel
McBookwords (a literacy organization)
Instructor - University of Wisconsin-Stout

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