September 23, 2017

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New Advocacy to Save School Librarians, One Click at a Time

Save School Librarians, a project of EveryLibrary, Follet Learning, and state library associations, is an online activist site for librarians, parents, and others.

Federally Funded Afterschool Programs Safe—for Now

While funding for certain afterschool programs was preserved in the spending bill signed April 28, the President’s budget is still aiming for elimination of these funds long-term.

Librarians Mobilize for Equity Under the Trump Administration

Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.

Amid ESSA Uncertainty, Educators Urged To Be “Aware” and “Active”

In an age of ESSA and regulation unknowns, the best thing to do right now is to advocate for yourself.

Lilead Fellows, EveryLibrary Share Out ESSA Strategies | ALA Midwinter 2017

Final state plans are due by April 4. Here’s the advice that came out of the Lilead Fellows community meeting at Midwinter.

SLJ School Librarian of the Year Finalists Leverage ESSA in MA

Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner share what they’ve learned from working on the Massachusetts School Library Association’s ESSA committee.

The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.

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.

Banning the Ban On LGBTQ Filters in Libraries

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.

New U.S. Department of Education Guidance on ESSA and Early Learning

The DOE has released guidance to help state and local decision makers maximize the opportunities available under ESSA to strengthen early education.

ESSA Action Focus Pivots to Policy Points

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.

To the Table with ESSA | Editorial

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.

Florida Lawmaker Suggests Students Be Allowed to Swap Foreign Language for Coding

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.

Libraries Included in Lawmakers’ Summer Learning Proposals

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.

Authors Pen Letter of Support to NC Youth

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.

EveryLibrary Petition to Encourage Adherence to ESSA Provisions at Local Level

A petition to urge implementation of ESSA provisions is gathering steam, while serving an important additional function.

2016 New York Library Advocacy Day Ramps Up

On March 2, the state’s librarians (and their friends) can meet with legislative staff and make their collective voices heard in Albany.

A 92-Year-Old Activist to the Rescue in Michigan

Doris Rucks rallied volunteers to reopen and run four school libraries in impoverished Muskegon Heights, MI.

ALA’s ESSA Report Reveals Advocacy Plan

A new report out of ALA’s Washington, DC office clearly spells out post-ESSA goals for school library supporters.

A New Start: With School Libraries in ESSA, on to the Next Phase of Advocacy | Editorial

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.

President Obama Signs Every Student Succeeds Act into Law | Pictures of the Week

“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.