Dear Members of the Arizona Library Community,
Thank you for your consideration to place three measures on the Arizona ballot in November, 2022. These referenda will rescind the tax cuts passed by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Governor Ducey in June, 2021. These tax cuts primarily benefit wealthy Arizonans and undermine the will of the voters who passed Proposition 208 in November, 2020, to provide a guaranteed funding stream for public education. Prop. 208 specifically mentions funds to hire and retain state-certified school librarians.
This InvestInArizona site offers locations for referenda petition signing around the state: https://www.mobilize.us/investinaz/
For those who want more information about the referenda, please read the information at:
School Librarians Take Action to Support Arizona Public Education. School Librarian Leadership blog. August 2. http://www.schoollibrarianleadership.com/2021/08/02/school-librarians-take-action-to-support-arizona-public-education/. Available at Accessed August 13, 2021.
For librarians who are interested in the IMLS-grant funded School Librarian Investigation: Decline or Evolution (SLIDE) Research, this is the citation and link:
Lance, Keith Curry, and Debra E. Kachel. 2021. Perspectives on School Librarian Employment in the United States, 2009-10 to 2018-19.
Available at https://libslide.org/publications/perspectives/. Accessed August 13, 2021.
For those interested in the SLIDE data with an Arizona school librarian focus:
SLIDE Project Data and Tools: Focus on Arizona. School Librarian Leadership blog. July 26. Available at http://www.schoollibrarianleadership.com/2021/07/26/slide-project-data-and-tools-focus-on-arizona-results/. Accessed August 13, 2021.
Once again, on behalf of Arizona’s K-12 students and educators, including school librarians, thank you for your support.
Judi Moreillon and Jean Kilker, Arizona Library Association, Teacher Librarian Division Co-Chairs