May 23, 2022

California: Bakersfield City School District Passes Resolution Opposing Possible Privatization of Kern County Public Library System

From The Bakersfield Californian:

The Bakersfield City School District board passed a resolution Tuesday not only opposing the possible privatization of Kern County’s public library system but also offering school funding as an alternative to that option.

The resolution says the BCSD Board of Education “is opposed to any effort” by the Kern County Board of Supervisors to privatize or outsource the county’s free public library system. The resolution also commits BCSD board members to working with the Board of Supervisors to explore ways to increase library funding.


Board members haven’t specified how much funding, if any, they would funnel to local county libraries, and any allocation of school dollars would require further board action, Baugher explained.

See Also: California: Library Union Illustrates Their Opposition to Privatization (May 17, 2015)

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