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Interrogating Librarians in LA Schools…Incredible…

May 20, 2011

LAUSD has decided to interrogate librarians to see if they are qualified to be placed in regular teaching positions…think I am kidding? See below…

Young protester

“In a basement downtown, the librarians are being interrogated.

On most days, they work in middle schools and high schools operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District, fielding student queries about American history and Greek mythology, and retrieving copies of vampire novels.

But this week, you’ll find them in a makeshift LAUSD courtroom set up on the bare concrete floor of a building on East 9th Street. Several sit in plastic chairs, watching from an improvised gallery as their fellow librarians are questioned.

A court reporter takes down testimony. A judge grants or denies objections from attorneys. Armed police officers hover nearby. On the witness stand, one librarian at a time is summoned to explain why she — the vast majority are women — should be allowed to keep her job.

The librarians are guilty of nothing except earning salaries the district feels the need to cut. But as they’re cross-examined by determined LAUSD attorneys, they’re continually put on the defensive.

“When was the last time you taught a course for which your librarian credential was not required?” an LAUSD attorney asked Laura Graff, the librarian at Sun Valley High School, at a court session on Monday.”

There is more to read about this if you take the link above.  Also, please read my previous post about Eli Broad and his surreptitious attempts via his Broad Foundation to undermine public education.  As teachers we really need to be more informed about what is happening in this profession.

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