The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind federal legislation, is currently being reauthorized. This past summer, the House and Senate both passed bills that are versions of this reauthorization: the House version is the Student Success Act (SSA), and the Senate version is the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) of 2015. Two different versions of a bill has now prompted a conference committee, which will work together to draft a compromise bill.
As literacy advocates, we know the importance of school libraries and school librarians. School libraries and school librarians support teaching and learning, foster a literate culture, and have a positive impact on students’ academic achievement. The Senate bill has bolstered federal support for libraries, including:
· state and local planning requirements related to developing effective school library programs and digital literacy skills under Title I
· professional development activities for school librarians
· partnership opportunities for libraries
· competitive grants for developing and enhancing effective school library programs
As the House and Senate work together on a compromise bill, we need your help to ensure that the library provisions remain intact. Please contact your senators and members of Congress and ask that they contact members of the conference committee (Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray and Reps. John Kline and Bobby Scott) to encourage them to maintain library provisions from Senate Bill 1177 in the conference agreement to reauthorize ESEA.
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Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts TALE members!
Laurie Sharp, Amy Cummins, Lisa Avrit, Melinda Butler, and Ferne Farkas
TALE’s Advocacy Committee