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Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support Vital Reed-Cochran Amendment to ESEA!

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Today, the U.S. Senate will begin debate on modifying and reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal government’s principal education statute. First up will be a bipartisan amendment crucial to school library funding by Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS).

Passing the “Reed-Cochran Amendment” (summarized here (pdf)) will help save and expand school libraries in every state in the nation by explicitly authorizing school districts to use ESEA funds to develop and foster effective school library programs . . . programs with certified school librarians at their core.

The Amendment already has the backing of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chair of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee that unanimously approved the basic bill now before the Senate (S. 1177, Every Child Achieves Act of 2015) . . . but the Reed-Cochran Amendment needs at least 48 more votes to pass.

Across the United States, studies have demonstrated that students in schools with effective school library programs learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized tests than their peers in schools without such resources.

Now is the time to speak up for our children!

Author James Patterson supports school libraries!
Author James Patterson supports school libraries!

The Reed-Cochran Amendment will provide vital assistance to local education authorities and schools in “developing effective school library programs to provide students an opportunity to develop digital literacy skills and to help ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education or the workforce without the need for remediation.”

TODAY is the day! Please, take a moment to call your Senators’ offices NOW!

Just tell the staff member who answers that you urge the Senator to “vote YES on the Reed-Cochran Amendment to S. 1177!” It’s easy and it’s crucial. Please act now!

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Jessica McGilvray

Jessica McGilvray is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

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  1. Pass the Reed Cochran amendment.

  2. Libraries are the heart of every school. The library supports and enhances the learning and reading of each child’s learning experiences and “Reading is the Key”. The Library is the advocate to encouraging children to want and have a love for reading when sometimes the classroom teacher may not be able to spark a child’s interest, the Librarian could be the key component in making a difference in some kids life.
    Technology is good in its on place, but nothing will ever take the place of a “Book”.

  3. Nancy Nancy

    What about all the elementary libraries run by paras all over the country? I guess we don’t count…. Sad someone dropped the ball….

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