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KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Islamic Republic of Afghani...

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…pays for about 1/10th of one second of advertising in the Super Bowl this year.

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…pays for 1.5 seconds of the US’s involvement in Afghanistan.

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That’s my budget for library media for this entire school year.

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That includes all audio-visual materials, books, magazines/ periodicals/newspapers, maps/globes, tapes, microfilms, and computer software for use in the library.

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That’s $6.25 per student enrolled in the school last October.

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That $6.25 per student rate was set by the NY State legislature in 1999.

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US total inflation from June 2000, to June 2011 is 30.93% according to inflationdata.com

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Inflation in the rate budgeted per student 0%

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“Most school libraries managed to escape the economic trials of 2010 largely unscathed––with the exception of those in high-poverty areas, which saw significant declines in spending on information resources and in collection size.”
American Library Association report on the State of American Libraries.

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My school is in the poorest Congressional district in the nation.

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Perhaps I should be grateful that my budget has not gone down.

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I’m not.

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4 Responses to $4704

  1. DrMarty says:

    That is terrifying.

  2. Vera Rulon says:

    Wow. Unbelievable. How do you do it? Is it even possible?

  3. Chad Sansing says:

    Compared to what we spend per intervention license, $6.25/child is a paltry sum and entirely unacceptable. We pay the vendors before we invest in our kids, schools, and communities. It’s time for that to stop.

    Thanks for speaking up Deven – I hope you and your readers will join us in posting at http://occupyedu.tumblr.com to share out your challenges to the system to do better by learners and learning.

    All the best,
    C

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