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Research Study Details Growth, Staffing, Resources Trends in School Library/Media Centers

District/Grade Level Data Presented for All 50 States

The role of school library/media centers in student achievement is well documented, and their positive impact on student success is undisputed. A new study by NEA confirms what has long been suspected: staff and resource disparities adversely impact minority ethnic status students and students living in poverty. Recent trends in library closings, staff reductions, and resource allocation policies clearly highlight the fact that education policymakers and administrators do not uniformly agree on either the immediate or the long-term value of library/media centers in public schools. Some continue to be unwilling to support school library/media centers in the wake of school budget cuts and rising costs elsewhere.

NEA conducted a detailed research study of public school library/media centers in all 50 United States and the District of Columbia. The study provides specific information at district, state, and national levels on trends in library/media center growth, staffing and staff qualifications, number and availability of resources (including new technologies), and accessibility and usage of facilities.

An Executive Summary of the report and the Full Report can be accessed below:


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