November 25 Update: The petition has 10,178 signatures, 14,822 are needed by Nov. 27 for a response from President Obama
The Obama administration asked and teacher-librarian Seanean Shanahan answered the call. On the new “We the People” Web platform, where citizens can create petitions, the Inglewood, CA-based Shanahan has launched a request that “school libraries be properly staffed, open, and available for children every day.”
From a story posted yesterday on slj.com:
Shanahan says her state is woefully underfunded and “some estimates take us now to 6,000 students or more for every one qualified school librarian. We need help. We need hope. Can you help us?”
Shanahan says the president took action following an online petition to forgive student loan debt to stimulate the economy, so she’s hoping for similar results when it comes to school librarians.
Since launching in late September, petitions posted to “We the People” have included one concerning the existence of space aliens and no fewer than six proposals on marijuana legalization.