It’s so sad to hear that across the country, librarians are taking huge cuts in schools as they attempt to save money. In New York, a district recently cut a whopping 15 out of 20 librarians across the district in order to, according to the superintendent, save all-day kindergarten. In another district in Oregon, every librarian there—48 people—are at risk of losing their jobs as well.
Honestly, librarians are likely of more worth to children than full day kindergarten is; half-day or no kindergarten at all would certainly better fuel their imaginations and creativity levels, as would better access to books and librarians who can help children find them.
I did read that the average high school principal makes between $81,000 and $103,000 annually, so there are likely some hefty cuts that can be made there to save something like, say, the only librarian your school has. Assistants to principals also make fat checks on average. Superintendents who make these cutting decisions often make six-figure incomes, even more than state governors sometimes. That’s quite a position of power in which to make decisions on whether or not people can have jobs at all… Perhaps someone else should do the cutting?