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Department of Education Calls for Comments on Proposed Priority for LSL

As in years past, the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education has proposed a priority under the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program, and the Department of Education is calling for comments regarding this proposed priority. Comments would need to be received by January 19, 2007.

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries is a federal grant program and each year priority for the grants is given to projects that exhibit a specific trait; e.g. elementary school libraries, urban school libraries, etc.

This year’s proposition is that priority would go to “projects that demonstrate in their grant applications that the proposed literacy project services are comprehensive and aligned with a school or district improvement plan.”

According to the notice: “We intend for this priority to help strengthen the connection between school libraries and the instructional programs in these schools and districts.”

Address all comments about this proposed priority to Irene Harwarth, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3W227, Washington, DC 20202-6200. If you prefer to send your comments via email, use the following address: You must include the term “Comments on FY 2007 LSL Priority” in the subject line. Again, comments would need to be received by January 19, 2007.

Also, it would be very helpful if you sent your comments to Melanie Anderson – – in the ALA Washington Office. That way, when we submit comments of our own we’ll be better equipped to represent you!

The full text for this proposed priority, as listed in the Federal Register, is available here.

For further information on this proposed priority, contact Irene Harwarth at (202) 401-3751 or Miriam Lund at (202) 401-2871.

For more information on the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program, please click here.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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