New article about the situation in Paterson Public Schools from the Paterson Times: http://patersontimes.com/2016/09/29/paterson-students-reading-50-books-or-more-drops-by-more-than-500-after-district-cut-librarians/
The Paterson Education Fund found that 523 less students joined the 50 Book Club compared to the previous year. The engaged community members believe in the correlation of literacy and school librarians:
“It has a huge negative impact on kids,” said Linda Reid, president of the Parent Education Organizing Council (PEOC). “Not having librarians in school is a major downfall.”
“There’s a direct correlation,” said Errol Kerr, school board member. “They need librarians who will setup systems in the schools to get our kids interested in reading. If you don’t have that it’s not going to work.”
It is encouraging to see a community that understands the critical role school librarians play in helping their children reach their potential based on a strong foundation in literacy.