BC’s school libraries are most affected by chronic underfunding

Many schools across the province are facing major budget shortfalls, and according to a recent report, it is libraries that bear the brunt of cost-cutting measures. In the 2009-2010 year, parents and schools were able to raise 1.2 million dollars to keep school libraries afloat. However, dollars raised varied widely according to neighbourhood income, underscoring the reality that those living in poorer communities suffer most when budget cuts are made.
In Vancouver and Burnaby school board chairs, Patty Bacchus and Larry Hayes are challenging new Premier Christy Clark to put her “Families First” commitment into play by supporting public schools.

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