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Sec. Duncan says school administrators should protect funding for libraries

The US Chamber of Commerce hosted the Institute of Competitive Workforce’s Education and Workforce Summit 2009 today.  US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave the Opening Address and talked about the needs of our education system and why Race to the Top will be so important. Race to the Top Fund is a competitive one-time grant program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that aims to encourage and reward states that are leading education innovation and reform.

I asked him how he could use the information literacy specialists — the school librarians — to address perceived needs.  His answer was sort of vague platitudes, so I followed up asking him again what he will specifically do.  He said that he needs to make sure that school administrators don’t cut school librarians or funds for school libraries.

We heartily agree.

Emily Sheketoff
Executive Director
ALA Washington Office

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