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Make some noise for school library funding

This Thursday, the American Library Association is joining a social media push hosted by the National Education Association (NEA) in support of dedicated funding for school libraries through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act (SKILLS) Act, which would expand federal…

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School libraries can’t afford to wait

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…

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Education and school library legislation is heating up

It’s record cold in D.C., but we’re busy meeting with Senate staffers trying to promote school libraries. Both U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) have committed to passing a…

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Sens. Reed and Cochran introduce school library bill

Last week, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) in introducing the SKILLS Act (S.312). Key improvements to the program include expanding professional development to include digital literacy, reading and writing instruction across all grade levels; focusing on coordination and shared planning time between…

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ALA recognizes Rep. Holt’s leadership

The American Library Association expresses its deepest appreciation for the distinguished work of Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), a leader who has worked tirelessly to support public, academic and school libraries nationwide. We are sad to report that Rep. Holt today announced his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, ending…

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