American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s 2013 budget request:
Reducing support for literacy under the Fund for Improvement of Education (FIE) takes books, valuable technological services and critical learning programs away from at-risk children nationwide. We are disappointed the President has chosen to cut programs for this already struggling population. We hope Congress will restore support to help provide at-risk children with a 21st century education, preparing them for college and career.
The president’s budget leaves out literacy money under FIE and consolidates Improving Literacy through School Libraries with five other literacy programs.