[Libs-Or] Fwd: [District Dispatch] ALA calls on Dept. of Education to highlight school librarians as states prepare to ‘Race to the Top’
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Mon Aug 31 12:39:59 PDT 2009
ALA calls on Dept. of Education to highlight school librarians as states
prepare to ‘Race to the Top’
<http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=3567> August 31st, 2009 |
Category: School Libraries <http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?cat=11>
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jenni Terry <jterry at alawash.org>
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) recently filed
comments to the Department of Education regarding the Race to the Top Fund,
a competitive one-time grant program funded through the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that aims to encourage and reward states that
are leading education innovation and reform.
The ALA’s comments<http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/ALA-Race-to-the-Top-Comments.pdf>highlighted
the need for the Secretary of Education to strongly acknowledge
the important role that school libraries play in a student’s education and
to encourage states submitting proposals for Race to Top Funds to include
resources for school libraries. The comments also called for an increase to
the number of school libraries served by a state-licensed school librarian.
“State statistics consistently show that schools with a school library
staffed by a state-licensed school librarian produce better test scores.
More importantly, these schools produced well-rounded students that are
prepared to function in a global society,” American Association of School
Librarians (AASL) President Cassandra Barnett said.
“A school library staffed by a state-licensed school librarian adds another
classroom to the school and another teacher to help boost achievement
scores, help struggling readers, and teach the 21st-century skills that are
so critical to a student’s education.”
jterry at alawash.org
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Work phone & fax: 541-265-3066
Work email: diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email: diedre08 at gmail.com
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