Tag Archives: elementary and secondary education act

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 »

Weinberg Foundation Dedicates $5 Million to Baltimore School Libraries

On Wednesday, the Weinberg Foundation unveiled the first of three renovated and redesigned Baltimore City Public Schools libraries to the public at Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School. The renovations are a part of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project initiative to build, equip and staff Baltimore City elementary and middle school libraries. The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the ... 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 »

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 »

Call your senators today and ask them to support the SKILLs Act!

Please call both of your U.S. senators today at 202-224-3121 and ask them to co-sponsor the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLS) Act (S.1328).  The SKILLs Act was introduced on July 6 by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and will amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by: Ensuring that funds will serve school ... Read More »