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ESSA passes the Senate!

Your voices have been heard! With a vote today of 85-12, the Senate moved us one step closer to a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  As we mentioned last week, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a bipartisan bill that recognizes the vital role a school library and its librarian play in a student’s education.  ChildReading

As we await the President’s signature to turn this bill into law, please take the time to thank those in Congress who voted in favor of ESSA. To learn if your Representative voted in favor of the bill visit this page (we’ll update this post with a link to the Senate votes once it has been posted).

If you would like to learn more about the library provisions in ESSA, this document may prove useful.  ALA is also working on compiling a document that explains how your school library can reap the positive effects of ESSA.  That document will be available and given out during the Midwinter conference. Stay tuned!

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Jessica McGilvray

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

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