[Libs-Or] House re-introduces SKILLs Act emphasizing role of school librarians

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 16:04:17 PDT 2009

Did you see this today?

 House re-introduces SKILLs Act emphasizing role of school librarians
October 30th, 2009 | Category:
School Libraries <http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?cat=11>

The Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act, or the
SKILLs Act, was re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week
with support from both sides of the aisle.  This legislation is intended to
ensure that all students will have the support and resources they need for a
quality education by establishing a goal that all public school libraries
employ no less than one highly qualified school library media specialist.

H.R. 3928 was introduced by Representatives Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-7) and
Vernon Ehlers (R-MI-3) and was referred to the House Education and Labor

In 2007 the SKILLs Act was introduced in the 110th Congress by both Reps.
Grijalva and Ehlers and received 30 cosponsors.  This SKILLs Act was also
introduced in the U.S. Senate in the 110th Congress by Senator Jack Reed
(D-RI) and received bi-partisan sponsorship from Senators Thad Cochran
(R-MS), John Kerry (D-MA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Sheldon Whitehouse
(D-RI).  There is no Senate legislation yet in the 111th Congress.  In the
110th Congress, the SKILLs Act failed to be reported out of committee.

Jeff Kratz <jkratz at alawash.org>
Assistant Director, OGR


Diedre Conkling
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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