Florida Libraries May Be Cut Out of State Budget – Action Needed!

Where are the “alerts” on this one? Please read and inform yourself, and act accordingly…

http://capwiz.com/ala/fl/issues/alert/?alertid=43678526&PROCESS=Take+Action

House and Senate budget conferees are meeting in Tallahassee to finalize the State budget before the session is scheduled to end on May 6. The House has $17.7 million for public libraries, the Senate has zero, and $21.2 million is needed to avoid loss of federal matching dollars. If the Senate prevails branch libraries will close in communities large and small.

$21.2 million is the current year funding level but library funding has already been cut by 1/3 at the state level and in many communities library budgets have been cut by 40%.

During these challenging times Floridians are using libraries more than ever for essential services like help with job seeking, use of E-Government Services, and for business information. Libraries help young children develop early learning skills and help parents learn to be their child’s first teacher – both critical services for children’s success in school and life. Libraries provide great economic value as confirmed by a Department of State study showing libraries generate an $8.32 Return on Investment.

Please contact your legislators and the leadership now!

And please, please keep the message positive!

Read more at http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-04-12/news/fl-library-funding-major-cuts-20110412_1_library-funding-library-branches-broward-library-system

and

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/sfl-library-funding-cuts,0,4984763.story

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I am a home schooling parent since 1999 and a U.S. certified teacher since 1993. I am also an approved standardized test administrator. I spent 12 years full time teaching in the classrooms of public and private schools in Europe, the U.S.A. and South America, and I have been homeschooling our children with my very Wonderful, Beautiful and intelligent wife for the past 13 years, I am extremely inspired everyday to promote homeschooling and excellent home education in every way possible.

El Capitan

I am a home schooling parent since 1999 and a U.S. certified teacher since 1993. I am also an approved standardized test administrator. I spent 12 years full time teaching in the classrooms of public and private schools in Europe, the U.S.A. and South America, and I have been homeschooling our children with my very Wonderful, Beautiful and intelligent wife for the past 13 years, I am extremely inspired everyday to promote homeschooling and excellent home education in every way possible.

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