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School Budgets and Library Programs

Will your school district’s budget adequately fund your school library? 

Voter approval is no longer required for school budgets at or below the state’s 2% spending cap levy.  

Past experience shows that in an effort to balance their budgets and stay within the state's spending cap, school districts sometimes cut funding to non-classroom programs including the school library program and staff.  

What can you do to ensure that school library positions and services are included in the budget?

  • Have conversations with school administrators and school board members about the activities and events that are occurring in your school libraries

  • Post accomplishments and achievements to school webpage and other social media

  • Focus on school library contributions to the instructional program and student success

  • Check your district webpage for the public posting of the school budget.  

  • Attend public hearings on school budget

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