Research and Action
As of May 2017, according to our latest analysis of NYC Department of Education data, 87% (40 of 46) Harlem schools serving grades 7-12–across Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, and 75–are violating students’ legal right to library staffing and services. (In June 2015, the New York City Department of Education verified an earlier Harlem Council of Elders finding that 77% of schools across Harlem were without library media specialists.)
In February 2016, we took a stand and launched a petition calling upon city and state officials to comply with the law and honor the librarian-related rights of all Harlem students by the 2016-2017 school year.
Thousands of Harlem‘s young people are counting on you to demand that state and city officials provide access to school librarians. How much longer will our children have to wait? How much longer will they receive less than children in other communities?
Sign the petition:
DNAinfo.com (1/26/16): 77% of Harlem Secondary Schools Don’t Have Librarians, Group Says
School Library Journal (2/17/16): Harlem Advocacy Group Demands School Librarians
Village Voice (3/22/16): NYC High School Students Stand Up for Their Educational Rights Onstage