November 18, 2017

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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.

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.

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.

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.