[Libs-Or] U.S. House Introduces SKILLS Act

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 20:26:21 PST 2012

We are getting another chance to have it recognized that our kids need good
school libraries and librarians.



 U.S. House Introduces SKILLS Act
Posted on January 19,
by Jacob Roberts <http://www.districtdispatch.org/author/jroberts/>|

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva encourages library advocates before they meet with
congressional lawmakers. Photo by Lauren Ann Donia

On January 17, U.S. Representative Raul
Grijalva<http://www.districtdispatch.org/?s=grijalva>(D-AZ, 7th),
along with Representatives Rush
Holt <http://www.districtdispatch.org/?s=holt>(D-NJ, 12th) and Lynn Woolsey
(D-CA, 6th) introduced the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and
Libraries (SKILLS)
The SKILLS Act, numbered H.R. 3776 in the House, is a companion bill of S.
1328 that was introduced in the Senate by Senators Jack
Reed<http://www.districtdispatch.org/?s=jack+reed>(D-RI) and Thad
Cochran <http://www.districtdispatch.org/?s=Thad+Cochran> (R-MS) back on
July 6, 2011.

Both the House and Senate version of the SKILLS Act would amend the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to do the following:

   1. Defines an “effective school library program” to be staffed by a
   state-certified school librarian, have up-to-date materials including
   technology, teaches digital literacy skills, and finally, has regular
   collaboration between other education professionals over curriculum.
   2. Replaces Improving Literacy Through School Libraries with Improving
   Literacy and College and Career Readiness Through Effective School Library
   Programs which would award competitive grants to underserved local schools
   and school districts to develop an effective school library program.
   3. Allows school librarians access to professional development funds
   under Title II of ESEA.

H.R. 3776 was referred to the House Committee on Education and the
Workforce. No further action has been announced for this legislation.

S. 1328 was introduced as an amendment to the Health, Education, Labor, and
Pensions (HELP) Committee mark-up of the ESEA reauthorization in October
2011. That amendment was unfortunately withdrawn due to lack of support on
the committee, and ESEA was reported from the HELP committee without a
library provision.

*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
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