Magazine article American Libraries

Md. Schools Request More Aid for Libraries

Magazine article American Libraries

Md. Schools Request More Aid for Libraries

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Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick announced October 24 that she is asking the state school board for nearly three times the amount of funding currently spent on school libraries. The proposal, which seeks a total of $8.7 million, came in reaction to state educational statistics that show fewer than one in five school libraries meet Maryland standards for the minimum number of books and supplies.

The plan would provide money for a comprehensive survey of the condition of every school library in the state and would raise the allocation for books and materials from $3 million to $7 million annually, including $2.5 million earmarked for online database costs.

Gail Bailey, branch chief for school library media services at the state Department of Education, told American Libraries that the department will also ask the legislature to allow schools to use state funds for purchasing books for middle and high schools; when legislators passed first-ever state funding for media centers three years ago, they limited the measure to elementary schools. …

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