Chicago: Mayor Puts More Teachers in Libraries to Help Kids with Homework
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Struggling students will soon have an easier time getting one-on-one help with their homework and vexing science projects at Chicago Public libraries.
Teacher in the Library, a popular and privately-funded program serving 58,000 kids each year at 57 libraries, is being expanded next fall to the 21 libraries without it, thanks to an innovative partnership with local universities forged by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
School of Education students at the University of Illinois at Chicago will be the first to fill the void, in exchange for some of the community service credits they need to graduate.
But Library Commissioner Brian Bannon said they won’t be the last. He expects other local universities to join in, sparing Chicago taxpayers any additional expense.
Teacher-in-the-Library started in 2000 with a $60,000 contribution from the Chicago Public Library Foundation that was enough to pay for just six teachers. It’s now a $750,000-a-year program with 57 teachers at 57 libraries.
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