- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Budget cuts have left hundreds of Los Angeles school libraries without staff to run them - and many students without access to books.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1pl6N3Q) says about half of the 600 libraries at elementary and middle schools are without librarians or aides - and some have been closed for months at a time.

The Times says some libraries kept their staff after parents raised private funding and others with large black student populations because the district provided funding under a civil rights settlement.

But other campuses have struggled - many of them in low-income areas where students are poor English speakers.

The school board recently agreed to form a districtwide task force to seek ways to improve access to school libraries, including collaborations with other public libraries.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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