Putting Education Reform To The Test

Sarasota County Superintendent Wants To Eliminate Media Specialists

Add Sarasota County to the list of school districts considering reducing the number of media specialists. We’ve written recently how new standards set to take effect in the fall of 2014 put more emphasis on reading, research and analysis — skills media specialists know well.

Last month, Superintendent Lori White proposed replacing media specialists with aides at the high schools and middle schools as part of $4.67 million in budget cuts. Using aides in the libraries is expected to save about $600,000 annually.

Already, media specialists were axed at elementary schools during another round of cuts a few years ago.

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