Make some noise for school library funding

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This Thursday, the American Library Association is joining a social media push hosted by the National Education Association (NEA) in support of dedicated funding for school libraries through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act (SKILLS) Act, which would expand federal investment in school libraries so they can continue to offer students the tools they need to develop the critical thinking, digital, and research skills necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

We need to tell legislators how important school libraries and librarians are to our students and we need your voice to take up the rallying cry.

Here’s how you can help:

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, between 7-8pm EST, post one or all of the tweets below, or create your own:

  • School libraries receive over 1.3 billion student visits a year! #getESEAright – include funding for school libraries with the SKILLS Act.
  • Studies show test scores trend higher in schools with full-time, certified school librarians. #getESEAright with the SKILLS Act.
  • Strong school libraries drive student achievement! http://ow.ly/LaDHo #getESEAright – include the SKILLS Act!
  • .@PattyMurray Help us #getESEAright – include the SKILLS Act! Listen to teens speak out about the importance of #libraries http://ow.ly/LaCAo
  • .@SenAlexander #getESEAright – include the SKILLS Act and support dedicated funding for school libraries.

For more information about ESEA and the SKILLS Act, check out our earlier post on the topic.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) are the keys to unlocking more sustainable funding for our school libraries. Join us Thursday on the #getESEAright hashtag and let them know why they should include the SKILLS Act in ESEA.

About Lisa Lindle

Lisa Lindle is the Grassroots Communications Specialist for the American Library Association. She coordinates National Library Legislative Day and manages the ALA Washington Office's social media communications capabilities.

6 comments

  1. This is terrific! Will you also be making use of Thunderclap? https://www.thunderclap.it/

  2. Thanks, Polly! We won’t be using Thunderclap for this particular campaign, but we may be using it in the future!

  3. Please make kids education a High Priority!
    Thank you!

    Janet Wells

  4. Rita Stein-Grollman

    Here’s hoping that our legislators can see beyond the gridlock and do the best for our kids and include the funding for school libraries with the SKILLS act!!

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