In addition to being objectionable for so many reasons, the reassignment of teacher-librarians from whatever they are doing now to "classrooms" is a difficult characterization, because what teacher-librarians are doing now is teaching students in the classroom that is the school library! Referring to this proposal as being one designed to reduce, "...staffing outside the classroom..." is inaccurate in regards to teacher-librarians when one considers the important role of teacher-librarians as teachers in the school library as a classroom.
According to the Surrey Teachers' Association, the district will make the following reductions to teaching staff in addition to other reductions and changes:
- 13.0 FTE reduction in Learner Support positions
- 8.0 FTE reduction in Teacher-Librarian positions
- 10.0 FTE reduction in elementary Counselling positions
- 6.0 FTE reduction in Curriculum & Instructional Services (CISC) and Student Support positions
Additionally, all remaining learning specialist teachers will no longer be replaced on the first day of an absence.
On May 20, 2010, with the support of the Surrey Teachers' Association, representatives of Surrey School District's teacher-librarians visited the B.C. legislature and presented to MLAs. The text of the Surrey teacher-librarians' presentation can be found here.