Tag Archives: appropriations

Sens. Reed and Cochran introduce school library bill

Children reading in a library.

Last week, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) in introducing the SKILLS Act (S.312). Key improvements to the program include expanding professional development to include digital literacy, reading and writing instruction across all grade levels; focusing on coordination and shared planning time between teachers and librarians; and ensuring that books and materials are ... Read More »

Afterschool funding available through states

Children reading on the library couch.

As discussed in previous District Dispatch entries, Congress passed in late December its massive $1.01 trillion CROmnibus bill providing FY15 funding for much of the federal government. With the return of the new Congress on January 6, the discussion on the FY16 budget begins anew and ALA will be fighting for library funding. For FY15 programs of interest to the ... Read More »

Cromnibus Christmas / Chromnibus Chanukkah

President Obama addressing Congress.

The 113th Congress concluded its work in time to leave town for the holidays. While not the most productive Congress in terms of bills passed, the 113th was able to finish one of the mandatory “must do” items of funding the Federal government for Fiscal Year 2015. One might notice that while the Fiscal Year actually began October 1, for ... Read More »