Tony Doyle, from The Modesto Bee is reporting on why California students (particularly in Merced City School District) perform poorly on standardized reading tests compared to other states. Doyle writes, "California has the highest ratio of students to school librarians in the country — by a huge margin. There are approximately 4,500 students for every school librarian in California. The national average is 850-to-1. Only 15 percent of California schools have a librarian at all. We have the worst school libraries in the country. Library staffing and funding affect student reading achievement. Fifteen years of research in 16 states prove it." The full article is here.