Momentum, we have it!

The word Momentum displayed as a Newtons Cradle

Source: Real Momentum

As you may have read here, school libraries are well represented in S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act.  In fact, we were more successful with this bill than we have been in recent history and this is largely due to your efforts in contacting Congress.

Currently, the House Committee on Education and Workforce (H.R. 5, the Student Success Act) and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions are preparing to go to “conference” in an attempt to work out differences between the two versions of the legislation and reach agreement on reauthorization of ESEA. ALA is encouraged that provisions included under S. 1177, would support effective school library programs. In particular, ALA is pleased that effective school library program provisions were adopted unanimously during HELP Committee consideration of an amendment offered by Senator Whitehouse (D-RI)) and on the Senate floor with an amendment offered by Senators Reed (D-RI) and Cochran (R-MS).

ALA is asking (with your help!) that any conference agreement to reauthorize ESEA maintain the following provisions that were overwhelmingly adopted by the HELP Committee and the full Senate under S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act:

  1. Title V, Part H – Literacy and Arts Education – Authorizes activities to promote literacy programs that support the development of literacy skills in low-income communities (similar to the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program that has been funded through appropriations) as well as activities to promote arts education for disadvantaged students.
  2. Title I – Improving Basic Programs Operated by State and Local Educational Agencies – Under Title I of ESEA, State Educational Agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) must develop plans on how they will implement activities funded under the Act.
  3. Title V, Part G – Innovative Technology Expands Children’s Horizons (I-TECH) – Authorizes activities to ensure all students have access to personalized, rigorous learning experiences that are supported through technology and to ensure that educators have the knowledge and skills to use technology to personalize learning.

Now is the time to keep the momentum going! Contact your Senators and Representative to let them know that you support the effective school library provisions found in the Senate bill and they should too!

A complete list of school library provisions found in S.1177 can be found here.

About Jessica McGilvray

Jessica McGilvray is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

7 comments

  1. Please keep our kids strong in mind and heart by having access to certified professional school librarians!

  2. Public schools need trained and certified librarians!!! Reading proficiently is so very important and good librarians play a big part in this part of a students education!!

  3. Quality library programs in schools have always been “under the radar” but they are so important to the education
    of our youth. They teach students how to ask the right questions and use their own brains.

  4. Libraries are a necessity not a luxury. Every child should have access to books and have a knowledgeable person in the library to show him/her how to locate books and find information.

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