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ALA's American Association of School Librarians 2010 School Libraries Count! survey indicates that the educational resources of students in high-poverty schools have been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn.
Overall survey results show that school expenditures on information resources were approximately $12,260 in 2010, compared with $13,525 last year. Average spending on information resources in high-poverty schools decreased 25%, or $3,557, on average, compared with 2009 survey results.
In addition, high-poverty schools …