School Libraries

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 for school libraries. Thanks to all the school library supporters ... Read More »

“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 to love reading which helps them attain a 21st century ... Read More »

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, an amendment sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator ... Read More »

Critical Vote on School Libraries This Week

I am writing this message as we look at what, I believe, is the best opportunity for school libraries to be recognized in Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), our nation’s most important federal K-12 education law.  What happens in the next few days in a Senate committee will determine federal K-12 education programs for the next decade.  If school ... Read More »

2011 SKILLS Act briefing – video & wrap-up

2011 SKILLS Act Briefing – Carl Harvey from ALA Washington on Vimeo. On October 17, 2011 the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)  held a congressional briefing, “Education Reform and the SKILLs Act: An Analysis of Twenty-First Century School Librarians and Their Impact on Career and College Readiness.”  Presented in conjunction with Representative Rush Holt (N.J.) and Senator Jack Reed ... Read More »