Utah: “Public Education Committee Reveals ‘Woefully” Underfunded Library Programs'”
On Wednesday morning members of the House addressed the issues facing Utah public education system, most notably the apparent long term neglect of library upkeep.
“Utah school library have been neglected, due to diminishing funds, over the last few years,” said Cheryl Smith, a former Granite School District Library Director.
Current funding for improving Utah school libraries sits at $1.5 million, whereas in 2012, it was $2 million. The average cost of a library book is $24 and, according to Smith, best practices in the field encourage purchasing a new book per student yearly. Currently, the funding puts library funds at $0.90 per student.
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