[Libs-Or] Education and school library legislation is heating up [feedly]

Emily Ford fordemily at gmail.com
Sat Feb 21 14:14:41 PST 2015

*Education and school library legislation is heating up*
// *District Dispatch*

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 reauthorization bill for the Elementary
and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In late January, Sen. Alexander
released his discussion draft and received a lot of push back from the
education community….including school libraries because libraries were not
well integrated into the legislation. There was no acknowledgement of the
importance of effective school library programs. He declared that the
Committee would pass the bill out of committee the last week of February.

Tell Sen. Lamar Alexander to include school library program in ESEA
reauthorization.(Photo by DOE PHOTO/Ken Shipp)

Sen. Alexander then met with HELP Committee Ranking Member Sen. Patty
Murray and they decided that they would make Sen. Alexander’s bill more
bipartisan, which will take some time. So the committee marking up the bill
is pushing the markup to March. But the House passed their bill out of
committee, with no amendments for school libraries passing in the committee.

Library advocates are calling
<http://cqrcengage.com/ala/app/make-a-call?2&engagementId=80622> their
Senators about the SKILLS Act to see how much can be included for an
effective school library program. This legislation has been so hard to
pass–Congress has been trying since 2006 and they haven’t completed it
yet–so we need to stay tuned. To learn more on ESEA legislative activities
this Congress, read up on the SKILLS Act

Take action for school library funding now!

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