|Posted:||February 20, 2019 11:23 AM|
|From:||Representative Mark Longietti and Rep. Thomas P. Murt|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||One Certified Librarian per Public School Building|
|Librarians serve a vital role in helping our school aged children learn how to obtain information and become stronger, more independent researchers. Unfortunately our school districts are seeing a decline in the number of certified school librarians serving our students. It is because of this that I am introducing legislation requiring public schools to have at least one certified librarian per school building.
These individuals teach our students important skills that are crucial in a society often times awash in misleading online and social media news outlets. Currently, however, the Commonwealth’s school districts are not required to employ a librarian. Over the past six years, the number of certified school librarians in Pennsylvania has decreased 9%. In fact, over 20 school districts have no certified librarians at all, while 115 school districts have one certified librarian serving the entire school district.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation so we can ensure our children receive the best, most well-rounded education possible in our public schools.
Previous co-sponsors: MURT, KINSEY, FREEMAN, McNEILL, J. HARRIS, O'BRIEN, ROEBUCK, HARKINS, D. COSTA, McCARTER, SOLOMON, YOUNGBLOOD, BRIGGS, RABB, DAVIDSON, BIZZARRO, SAYLOR, DRISCOLL, READSHAW, KIM, DALEY, BOBACK, SCHLOSSBERG, DEAN, SIMS, STEPHENS, STURLA, D. MILLER, KORTZ, CALTAGIRONE, BARRAR, FLYNN, FRANKEL, LEWIS, HEFFLEY, RAVENSTAHL, WATSON and SCHWEYER
Introduced as HB1355