Tag Archives: ESEA

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 »

ESEA reauthorization bill introduced in U.S. Senate

Good news from Washington!  The Strengthening America’s Schools Act, a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), was introduced today in the United States Senate.  While this legislation has yet to be assigned a number, this bill is a huge victory for libraries as it creates a specific provision for school libraries and implements the Improving ... Read More »

White House responds to School Library Petition

The White House recently responded to a petition that was sent to President Obama earlier this year via the “We the People” section of the White House’s website.    This petition, which to date has gained 28,619 signatures, stated the importance that an effective school library program plays in the education of a child and how it is necessary for school ... 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 »