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[Susan notes: Here is a welcome challenge to California's much ballyhooed Proposition 82. ]

Published in Los Angeles Daily News

To the editor

The $2.4 billion that Prop. 82 would cost should

instead be invested in school libraries, especially

in low-income areas where children have the least

access to books (“Opponents face off …”, 5/21).

Research shows that library quality and reading

achievement are related. California’s poorly funded

(3% of the national average) and poorly staffed (one

librarian per 4500 students, the national average is

one per 900) help explain why California’s


scores are among the lowest in the nation. The

interest on $2.4 billion would soon provide California

with the best-staffed and best-stocked school libraries

in the US, rather than the worst.

Stephen Krashen

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