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School libraries can’t afford to wait

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii
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 the SKILLS Act (S 312). We are encouraging those lucky few advocates who live in states where one of their Senators is on on the Senate HELP Committee to call their Washington Office and ask their Senators to co-sponsor Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D-RI) efforts to include the SKILLS Act in the Committee’s ESEA bill.

I’ve had many meetings in the Senate recently and none of the congressional staff members I’ve met with have heard from any library supporters… PLEASE MAKE THESE CALLS. AND ASK EVERYONE ELSE YOU KNOW TO CALL TOO.

Students deserve to go to a school with an effective school library program-take action now!

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Emily Sheketoff

Emily Sheketoff is the former Associate Executive Director of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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