[Libs-Or] ACTION ITEM: Fwd: Call and Ask Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the SKILLs Act

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 13:45:04 PDT 2011

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From: Ted Wegner <twegner at alawash.org>
Date: Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM
Subject: Call and Ask Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the SKILLs Act

   Please call both of your U.S. senators at the capitol switchboard,
202-224-3121, and ask them to co-sponsor S. 1328 the “Strengthening Kids’
Interest in Learning and Libraries Act” or the SKILLs Act.

The SKILLs Act was introduced on July 6 by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and
Thad Cochran (R-MS) and will amend the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act (ESEA) by:

   -  Ensuring that funds will serve school libraries in elementary, middle,
   and high schools;
   - Improving literacy and college and career readiness through effective
   school library programs;
   - Encouraging coordination and shared planning time among school
   librarians and classroom teachers;
   -  Expanding professional development to include digital literacy
   instruction that is appropriate for all grade levels, an assessment of
   student literacy needs, the coordination of reading and writing instruction
   across content areas, and training in literacy strategies in all content
   - Requiring books and materials to be appropriate for students in all
   grade levels and students with special learning needs, including English
   language learners;
   - Providing grants on a competitive basis for a period of three years;
   - Targeting funding to school districts with 20% or greater levels of
   students in poverty;
   - Ensuring an equitable distribution of funds among the different
   geographic regions of the country and among urban and rural areas; and
   - Requiring greater coordination among other literacy, technology, and
   professional development funds and activities.

 This legislation is very important for the future of school libraries
within the federal government.  So please call today and encourage your
colleagues, neighbors, friends, family, and others to do the same.  To find
out who your two senators are please refer to the ALA Legislation Action
Center http://capwiz.com/ala/home/.

Be sure to post a comment to your member’s Facebook page and/or Twitter
account (if they have them) asking them to co-sponsor the SKILLs Act.

As of August 17 the following senators have agreed to co-sponsor this bill:
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
John Kerry (D-MA)

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