“While we would love to see skilled librarians at every school, the simple fact of our massive budget crisis puts that goal out of reach — especially as we try to keep teachers in classrooms. CPS is facing a $1.1 billion budget crisis, and we’re working with our state leaders to end an unfair funding system that gives some of the poorest children in the state only $3 for every $4 children in other districts receive. In fact, Chicago students are 20 percent of the state’s enrollment but receive only 15 percent of the state’s education funding. Until we fix that unfair system, we’ll do everything we can to protect our classrooms.”
Since 1936, DuSable has always had a librarian and during most of the time, more than one. This historic black school is the alma mater of Harold Washington, Nat King Cole, Ella Jenkins, Timuel Black and many, many others. The library in this school always has given a sense of community to the building and it still does today. When you remove a librarian, you remove an entire service and take something essential away from the whole building. At my school, it’s connected to the sense of the greater community.
Dion Warr, an 18-year-old senior at BSI, couldn’t believe what would happen to the “sanctuary” where she began seeking refuge as a freshman and stuck around for after-school programs: book club, improv classes with Second City.Warr, who should have been in an English class, hugged Sayigh, who gave her a tissue.“This is where I went when everybody else had the cliques and the groups,” Warr said. “Ms. Sayigh means so much to us. She’s my at-school mom. This library has been a foundation for kids who are huge readers.”