Cuts like these are not new in Iowa. The Des Moines Public school district recently removed the majority of their teacher librarians, and many small or rural districts already share one teacher librarian across multiple buildings. However, the timing of these cuts is even more surprising with the support for school libraries being reinforced by ESSA at the national level, and the increased attention on student reading abilities and digital literacy.
Groups around Iowa are working to fight against these cuts. A petition is available from Everylibrary.org.
From the petition: