The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the leadership of Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sherrod Brown (OH-D) and Representative Marcia Fudge (OH-D) for introducing the “Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence (CORE) Act” (S. 2557/H.R. 5001). The legislation aims to address existing disparities in public education by establishing accountability requirements for states and school districts.
Today, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, announced support of the CORE Act and called upon library supporters to contact their legislators to cosponsor the bills with Rep. Fudge and Sens. Reed and Brown.
“We applaud legislators Rep. Fudge and Sens. Reed and Brown for recognizing the role school libraries play in the lives of our nation’s students,” said Sheketoff.
Effective school library programs and the inclusion of school librarians in high quality instruction teams are two of the key provision in the bills. Other provisions include:
- Equitable and instructionally appropriate class sizes;
- Up-to-date instructional materials, technology, and supplies;
- School facilities and technology, including physically and environmentally sound buildings and well-equipped instruction spaces; and
- Effective family and community engagement programs.