The Frequent Faculty Fund broke information this yr with a distribution of $52 million for public college libraries, Wisconsin state treasurer Sarah Godlewski stated at a press convention Thursday.
Godlewski was joined by the Wisconsin state superintendent, lecturers, union representatives and public college librarians on the Senate Parlor within the Wisconsin State Capitol.
“We’ve labored laborious to construct a resilient Frequent Faculty Fund that has not solely efficiently navigated monetary uncertainties of the previous few years however will proceed to take action sooner or later,” Godlewski stated.
The Common School Fund is an yearly distributed fund utilized by public faculties to buy library books and different college supplies.
Godlewski stated these funds are necessary to assist native faculties as a result of when faculties are succeeding, they profit not solely the children but additionally the group. Wisconsin state superintendent of public instruction, Jill Underly stated libraries present robust help for college kids and an area for them to be taught and develop.
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“We all know that robust library applications improve achievement,” Underly stated. “We all know that faculty libraries present inclusive areas, areas that encourage inquiry and supply unimaginable alternatives for college kids to develop as readers and as curious learners.”
Wisconsin Instructional Media and Know-how Affiliation president Tina Birkett stated the Frequent Faculty Fund is the one supply of college library funding, and 90% of faculties say it’s the one funding they obtain for his or her libraries.
Burkett stated they use the cash for a lot of supplies, together with print, on-line sources and know-how software program. She stated the libraries assist college students be taught in numerous methods, like analysis, collaboration and literacy.
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President of American Federation of Academics Wisconsin, Kim Kohlhaas stated this funding is emphasizing the significance of schooling for all college students.
“Each baby deserves a top quality schooling together with sources and entry to up to date, up-to-date know-how,” Kohlhass stated. “The Frequent Faculty Funds are devoted to each baby in public schooling. It doesn’t matter the place you go. Each baby could have entry, equal entry to sources and know-how to the council funds.”
Godlewski stated there’s a assure that college students from all components of Wisconsin from the ages of 4–20 will profit from these funds.