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House passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill with provisions for school libraries, Senate expected to do the same tomorrow

This afternoon the House passed the Conference Report for an Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which included funds for school libraries.  Thanks to Senator Jack Reed, when the Administration zeroed out Improving Literacy Through School Libraries, Senator Reed had funding included in the Appropriations Bill for Literacy, including a competitive Grant Program…

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“We know that access to effective school library programs, staffed by trained school librarians, has a positive impact on student achievement” – five senators show their support

As the national debate over education continues, we commend Senators Jack Reed, Chuck Grassley, Debbie Stabenow, Roger Wicker and Olympia Snowe for recognizing the importance of supporting children’s access to books and literacy services, especially through their school libraries.  Ensuring that all children, especially those from disadvantaged communities, can learn…

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ESEA passes out of committee without school library amendment

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee last night (October 20th) passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with a 15-7 vote.  Joining all Democrats in voting in favor of the legislation were three Republicans, Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Mark Kirk (R-IL).  Unfortunately,…

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