Oakland Technical High students form group to advocate for library access
on March 23, 2018
California has the worst ratio in the nation for librarians to public school students — there is only one for every 7,000 students. Oakland Technical High School has had a library with no librarian for years. Recently, a group of students turned a class assignment about social justice into a new group, which they called Students for Library Improvement. Click the video above to see how the club advocates for their library and school.
Currently, the school and the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) are working together to keep the library open for the rest of the year. For next year, the school has included a full-time library technician in its budget, and is currently seeking to fill this position. According to Laura Impellizzeri, PTSA President, volunteers will be needed “to support continuing enhancement of the library.”
On March 25, the student library club, the PTSA and school administrators are hosting the second clean up the library day at the school, from 9 am to 3 pm.
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