Many Los Angeles school libraries struggling
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Budget cuts have left hundreds of Los Angeles school libraries without staff to run them -- and many students without access to books.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1pl6N3Q) says about half of the 600 libraries at elementary and middle schools are without librarians or aides -- and some have been closed for months at a time.
The Times says some libraries kept their staff after parents raised private funding and others with large black student populations because the district provided funding under a civil rights settlement.
But other campuses have struggled -- many of them in low-income areas where students are poor English speakers.
The school board recently agreed to form a districtwide task force to seek ways to improve access to school libraries, including collaborations with other public libraries.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com