Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.
In an age of ESSA and regulation unknowns, the best thing to do right now is to advocate for yourself.
Final state plans are due by April 4. Here’s the advice that came out of the Lilead Fellows community meeting at Midwinter.
Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner share what they’ve learned from working on the Massachusetts School Library Association’s ESSA committee.
In the era of fake news, librarians are our best hope for educating kids about bogus reporting, biased points of view, and more.
This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
A California congressman’s goal is to make sure LGBTQ sites aren’t blocked on computers at public schools and libraries—where students source information not just for classwork, but for themselves.
The DOE has released guidance to help state and local decision makers maximize the opportunities available under ESSA to strengthen early education.
State education agencies are trying to find solutions to problems in this new ESSA environment. If you don’t bring the librarian perspective to the next version of the draft, no one else will.
The Every Student Succeeds Act is all about implementation now, and it’s critical that media specialists have a place at the table.
This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
As emphasis on STEM grows, many legislatures want to push these classes in K-12 programs, as has been done in New Mexico and Kentucky, among other states.
An emphasis on literacy and partnerships in pending legislation throughout the country likely means that libraries will play an increasing role in preventing summer learning loss.
A North Carolina law seen as LGBT discrimination has prompted roughly 270 members of the kid lit community to show their support for all young readers.
A petition to urge implementation of ESSA provisions is gathering steam, while serving an important additional function.
On March 2, the state’s librarians (and their friends) can meet with legislative staff and make their collective voices heard in Albany.
Doris Rucks rallied volunteers to reopen and run four school libraries in impoverished Muskegon Heights, MI.
A new report out of ALA’s Washington, DC office clearly spells out post-ESSA goals for school library supporters.
The long-awaited rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes a major win, with school libraries now incorporated throughout federal law. Now we must map the road ahead to achieve effective real-world integration of libraries and librarians in our schools.
This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
“This is an early Christmas present,” president Obama said as he signed the new education bill into law this morning. “I love it when we’re signing bipartisan bills.” The bill saw strong support in the House and the Senate.
In the new education bill, the definition of “specialized instructional support personnel” is updated to include “school librarians.” That language “lays the groundwork for new attitudes in state and district leadership” regarding school library services, says library advocate Dorcas Hand.
If signed into law, the new education bill would be the first piece of federal legislation in over 50 years to provide school libraries with a dedicated revenue stream to enhance school library services and resources.