Author Archives: Jessica McGilvray

Movement on ESEA!


After months of intense behind the scenes work in Congress, it looks like things are finally coming to a head with the reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As you may have read in past posts, school libraries fared extremely well in S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, but not so well in H.R.5, the House’s Student Success ... Read More »

Momentum, we have it!

The word Momentum displayed as a Newtons Cradle

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) ... Read More »

FASTR zooms out of Senate Committee

Blurred highway lights

Today, after many years of effort by our members and the open access community, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR) was approved by unanimous voice vote of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration as early as this September. ALA thanks Committee Chair ... Read More »

Victory for school libraries as Senate passes education bill

Woman and young girl in kitchen with laptop and paperwork smiling

The Senate made great strides this week to ensure needed reform to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  After much debate and across the aisle discussion, yesterday the Senate overwhelmingly passed S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, by a vote of 81-17. As we discussed in a previous post, the inclusion in the bill of the bi-partisan Reed-Cochran ... Read More »

Landmark victory for school libraries and students today!

Photo by University of Illinois Library.

Does your voice matter? Yes, it does!! It’s official and, incredibly, it’s virtually UNANIMOUS. Thanks in large part to the enthusiastic response to our call to action yesterday, and a boost from mega-author James Patterson, the U.S. Senate today voted 98 – 0 in favor of the bi-partisan Reed-Cochran Amendment to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015! ... Read More »