School Libraries

ALA submits comments on Family Engagement and Early Learning

A parent reads to small children at her local library.

Yesterday, were we getting ready for ALA’s Midwinter conference that starts this week? Uh, no. In fact we were putting the finishing touches on comments to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education in response to their call for comments on their joint draft policy statement on family engagement and early learning. Their draft policy statement includes specific Principles ... Read More »

Significant victory for libraries as President signs ESSA into law

President Obama signs education bill that ALA advocated for into law.

A major reauthorization bill overhauling K-12 education policy–the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)–has been signed into law by President Obama and in a significant victory for ALA’s decade of advocacy efforts, it includes provisions favorable to libraries. ALA President Sari Feldman praised all ALA members, crediting their unified, collective, high-impact messages to their Members of Congress for the favorable provisions ... Read More »

ESSA passes the Senate!

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Your voices have been heard! With a vote today of 85-12, the Senate moved us one step closer to a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  As we mentioned last week, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a bipartisan bill that recognizes the vital role a school library and its librarian play in a student’s education.  ... Read More »

ALA advocacy pays off as House passes ESSA!

Students work on a research project in the Kennet School Library (Wikimedia).

We did it! After ten years of advocacy, thousands of emails, hundreds of calls and scores of meetings last night the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school libraries included! As you’ve heard here before, ESSA is the result of months of joint effort by both the House and the Senate to reach a compromise that ... Read More »

School Libraries : Why we’re excited about the new ESSA legislation!

Thomson Elementary school 4th and 5th grade students discuss with ALA President Sari Feldman how library digital learning is enhancing their learning experience, while Librarian Jeminnia States listens.

As you may have read here earlier this week, we finally have language for the bill that will reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was last updated in 2001 with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This reauthorization is long overdue and we are enthusiastic with what it contains! One of the many negatives found within ... Read More »