Tag Archives: ESEA

School libraries can’t afford to wait

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

Today, we are ending a very busy week of work to include school library provisions in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As we move forward on this very important legislative effort to secure federal funding for school libraries, we are asking library advocates, teachers, parents and students to ask their Senators to become co-sponsors of ... Read More »

Education and school library legislation is heating up

Tell Sen. Lamar Alexander to include school library program in ESEA reauthorization.

It’s record cold in D.C., but we’re busy meeting with Senate staffers trying to promote school libraries. Both U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) have committed to passing a reauthorization bill for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ... Read More »

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 »

The biggest issues libraries face

From May 5—6, 2014, hundreds of library supporters from across the country will meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss key library issues with their members of Congress. In preparation for next week’s 40th Annual National Library Legislative Day, the American Library Association (ALA) today released new briefs on policies, legislation and issues impacting libraries. Advocates should review the issue briefs ... Read More »

Change Looks Impossible When You Start

“Change looks impossible when you start, inevitable when you finish” – Bob Hunter There seems to never a really be a great opportunity to take time out and visit legislators. It takes energy, a time commitment and it can sometimes seem futile and a bit overwhelming. But I have learned from the many American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ... Read More »