The value of media programs.
I appreciate DA's publishing an article about the essential need to maintain and expand media programs in our schools ("School Libraries Renewed," October 2008). In Florida our budgets are in disarray and some principals have cut their media specialist positions.
I especially appreciated the reference to the importance of flexible scheduling. As a result of budget cuts, many of our media specialists are being asked to teach specific classes, thus taking them away from their mission of serving all students. But as always, they are creative and flexible and have made this situation work to the best of their abilities.
Mel Pace, director of media and instructional technology, School District of Osceola County, Fla.