Tag Archives: Department of Education

Librarians comment on Education Department priorities

Sign in front of LBJ Dept of Ed building in Washington, DC

The American Library Association and librarians across the country submitted comments to the Department of Education (ED) in response to its 11 proposed priorities. The priorities, standard for a new administration, are a menu of goals for the ED to use for individual discretionary grant competitions. Over 1,100 individual comments were filed with the ED, including several dozen from the ... Read More »

Tell ED to make libraries grant-eligible

Chalkboard with the words "Government Grants"

The U.S. Department of Education has asked for public comment on their recently released “Proposed Supplemental Priorities of Discretionary Grant Programs.” Each time the Department of Education (the ED) revisits its priorities is an opportunity for libraries to demonstrate the many ways we provide high-quality education for students of all ages, from early learners to lifelong learners. It is a ... Read More »

School libraries awarded IAL grants by Department of Education

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

School libraries in 26 districts across the country were awarded over $16 million last week in Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grants by the Department of Education. The two-year grants target programs designed to improve literacy skills and provide reading materials to students in high-needs schools for grades pre-K through high school. In addition to the 26 school districts receiving ... Read More »

DOL extols benefits of workforce system collaboration with public libraries

US Department of Labor

In a Training and Employment Notice (TEN) issued this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Assistant Secretary Portia Wu encouraged leaders of our nation’s workforce investment system to continue building upon the role that public libraries play in addressing the needs of American workers, job seekers, and employers. The notice, directed to state ... Read More »

DOE now accepting IAL grant proposals; due by May 9

Glasses and a pen on top of paperwork

The Department of Education today began accepting applications for the nearly $27 million in Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program grant funds available this year to schools and non-profits seeking support for their early literacy efforts. ALA and its grassroots successfully advocated vociferously last year for Congress to support IAL at this level of funding and are doing so again ... Read More »