March 23, 2018

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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.

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!

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.

Study: NCLB’s Accountability Requirement Feeds Drop-out Rates

Here’s a new and significant research finding that won’t surprise many of No Child Left Behind’s (NCLB) school-based critics: high-stakes, test-based accountability—exactly what the law promotes—has a direct, negative impact on graduation rates.

That result, from a new study out of Rice University in Houston and the University of Texas-Austin, flies in the face of NCLB’s aim: to improve schools and create more equitable educational success for minorities.

Between 1997 and 2002, as Texas schools began abiding by their state’s accountability system, which […]