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Significant victory for libraries as President signs ESSA into law

A major reauthorization bill overhauling K-12 education policy–the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)–has been signed into law by President Obama and in a significant victory for ALA’s decade of advocacy efforts, it includes provisions favorable to libraries. ALA President Sari Feldman praised all ALA members, crediting their unified, collective, high-impact…


ALA advocacy pays off as House passes ESSA!

We did it! After ten years of advocacy, thousands of emails, hundreds of calls and scores of meetings last night the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school libraries included! As you’ve heard here before, ESSA is the result of months of joint effort by both…


School Libraries : Why we’re excited about the new ESSA legislation!

As you may have read here earlier this week, we finally have language for the bill that will reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was last updated in 2001 with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This reauthorization is long overdue and we are enthusiastic with…


We made it into ESEA

As we discussed in a post on November 19th, the final language of the Every Student Succeeds Act negotiated by a House and Senate Conference Committee has just been released. This bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and I am happy to report that the members of the…