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State Superintendent Woods & State Librarian Julie Walker: statement on Macon-Bibb public library funding
July 2, 2018 – State School
Superintendent Richard Woods and State Librarian Julie Walker are releasing a
public letter urging the Macon-Bibb County Board of Commission to reverse its
decision eliminating funding for public libraries.
“The results of this
decision – the closure of public libraries, and immediate lack of access to
summer learning resources – will be devastating for the students of Macon-Bibb
County,” the letter reads. “Literacy and the ability to read on grade level
impact a child’s learning and potential for a lifetime, and access to reading
material and learning opportunities is essential to literacy development.
Without public libraries, access to these resources and opportunities would be
severely curtailed for many families. It is very likely this decision would
have a disproportionate impact on low-income and at-risk students.”
the full letter here.