Legislation

Education Businesses, Associations Demand Increase in School Library Funding

Scholastic joined a coalition of education businesses calling for school library provisions.

A coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., EBSCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers―called (pdf) on the U.S. Congress to support dedicated school library funding in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides federal funding for national K-12 education programs. The coalition specifically asks Congress to ... Read More »

Senator Cornyn receives 2015 Madison Award for championing the public’s right to know

President-elect Sari Feldman presenting Madison Award.

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) the 2015 James Madison Award during the 17th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The James Madison Award honors individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know how it functions. President-elect Sari Feldman presented the Madison Award ... Read More »

Interested in Natl. Library Legislative Day? Here’s what you need to know

Librarians from the North Suburban Library System speak to an Illinois congressional aide.

If you appreciate the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged citizenry, register now for this year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for library funding. National Library Legislative Day, which is hosted by the American Library Association ... Read More »

School librarians: Send us your successful IAL story

Photo by sekihan via flickr

This week, I joined my colleague Kevin Maher, assistant director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Government Relations, in meeting with staff from Reach Out and Read, Save the Children and Reading Is Fundamental to lobby congressional Appropriators staff for level funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), a grant program with at least half of funding going to ... Read More »

School libraries can’t afford to wait

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

Today, we are ending a very busy week of work to include school library provisions in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As we move forward on this very important legislative effort to secure federal funding for school libraries, we are asking library advocates, teachers, parents and students to ask their Senators to become co-sponsors of ... Read More »