To: Dr. John B. King, New York State Commissioner of Education, Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor, Anthony S. Bottar, Vice Chancellor, James C. Dawson, Board of Regents, Member at Large, Geraldine D. Chapey, Board of Regents, Member at Large, Harr...

Librarians Belong In NYC Schools

School librarians are essential to education. We, the undersigned, feel that the NYC Department of Education (New York City Schools) should NOT be granted an exemption to the state law that requires school librarians, which they have been in gross violation of for some time.

School librarians have been shown to improve student performance in numerous studies and New York City public school students have a right to this important educational resource.

Why is this important?

New York City Schools are seeking a waiver on state law which requires them to have school librarians in middle schools and high schools. Less than half of NYC schools have a librarian. This is an important resource for our kids and NYC DOE cannot give up on addressing this problem.