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[Susan notes: Again, Steve Krashen delivers the goods. How can California politicos ignore this?]

Submitted to Los Angeles Daily News but not published
01/30/2004

To the editor

Studies consistently show that better school libraries are related to higher reading scores. California has the lowest reading scores in the nation and also has the worst school libraries. The next state budget includes $4.2 million for school libraries, dead last in the country and 3% of what other states spend (the national average is $20 per child, we will spend 70 cents).



The amount children read is the biggest factor in improving reading, but children need access to books in order to read a lot, and the only place many children can find books is the school library.



Stephen Krashen, Emeritus Professor, USC


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