[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] Please Contact Your Senators Now to Co-Sponsor SKILLS Act

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Thu Feb 26 08:24:14 PST 2015


Suzanne L. Sager

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From: Michael Dowling <mdowling at ala.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 7:37 AM
Subject: [alacro-l] Please Contact Your Senators Now to Co-Sponsor SKILLS
To: "ALACro-l at lists.ala.org" <ALACro-l at lists.ala.org>, "
Chapeditor at lists.ala.org" <Chapeditor at lists.ala.org>

*To Chapters:*

*Thanks for spreading the message that it is urgent for everyone to contact
their Senators now to co-sponsor** the SKILLS Act. *

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides federal funding
for K-12 education programs. Reauthorization of legislation of this nature
will determine federal education policy for the coming decade and it is
imperative that dedicated funding for school library programs be included.

On January 29, 2015, Senators Reed (D-RI), Cochran (R-MI), and Whitehouse
(D-RI) introduced S. 312, the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and
Libraries Act (SKILLS Act), that would improve students’ literacy skills
and readiness for higher education and careers through effective school
library programs. ALA is currently working with Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) on
an amendment for the HELP Committee markup that would add provisions from
the SKILLS Act to ESEA to provide dedicated funding for effective school
library programs.

We need you to contact both Senators from your state at their DC office and
let them know how critical school libraries are in improving our education
system. Ask them to support dedicated funding for effective school library
programs under ESEA by co-sponsoring S.312.

Here is the link to ALA’s Engage system that will provide you more
information, talking points, direct information on your senators. You just
need to put in some basic information.


Or you can call the United States Capitol switchboard is  (*202) 224-3121
<202%29%20224-3121>*. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with
the Senate office you request.

Please take a few minutes to make a call. They need to hear from you!  Help
make an impact for kids and libraries!

Thanks so much!

Michael Dowling


International and Chapter Relations Offices

American Library Association

50 E Huron St

Chicago, IL, USA

p +1 800-545-2433 ext 3200

f  +1 312-280-4392


Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Representative
Portland State University Library
PO Box 1151
Portland, OR  97207-1151

Phone: 503-725-8169
Fax: 503-725-5799

email: sagers at pdx.edu
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