It was with horror that I clicked onto the above LA Times news article after being directed to it by Barbara Baxton. THe LA school distrcit is forcing 85 TLs through legal inquiry into their teaching positions and " are not allowing them to return to their teaching positions if they haven't taught in a traditional classroom within the last five years" (Barbara Braxton). Hector Tobar's article - The disgraceful interrogation of L.A. school librarians May 13 2011 - is horrifying to this TL in training. To see the narrow and ignorant perception of the value and role of TLs is something that we shouldn't just chalk up to American exceptionalism - even if they did ban Jamie Oliver and his healthy food message in the same school district schools.
One hopes and prays that sense, logic and the RIGHT thing will prevail but that is never a certain thing when the economic imperative takes precdence over the professionalism of educators.