November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

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.

ESSA—and Federal Support of School Libraries—Signed Into Law

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.

ESEA Rewrite Passes in House; Senate Vote Expected Monday

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.

ESEA Language Is Final; ALA Urges Action

With a vote expected Wednesday, December 2, the American Library Association is urging supporters to contact their Representatives to vote in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The final language of the bill specifically includes school libraries.

With ESEA Action Imminent, Advocates Maintain Pressure on Inclusion of School Libraries

The ESEA bill will be finalized and voted on within the next few weeks. There’s no time to waste in taking action. Don’t let this crucial opportunity slip by!

Victory for School Libraries in Amendment to ESEA, Passed in Senate

The U.S. Senate voted 98 to zero in favor of the bipartisan Reed-Cochran Amendment to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. This amendment makes effective school library programs part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

#getESEAright: ALA Joins Twitter Campaign for ESEA

The American Library Association is joining a Twitter effort (#getESEAright) on April 9 from 7−8 p.m. ET to support dedicated funding for school libraries through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act.

Step Up on ESEA: Act now to get school libraries built into this federal legislation | Editorial

A decade of potential school library support hangs in the balance. Tell your U.S. senators and representatives how critical school libraries are in delivering quality education, helping schools and kids keep up with new technologies, and fueling engagement with learning as a lifelong necessity and pleasure.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Update: ESEA: ALA and Advocacy Community Urging School Library Supporters to Act Now

With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act coming up, the American Library Association has been leading the campaign to get dedicated funding for school libraries into the bill.