Archive for August, 2010

Video Available of Webinar “Getting Policymakers to Listen”

The video of the webinar entitled “The One Thing that ALWAYS Works in Getting Policymakers to Listen” is now available online.  See the original announcement for a full description of the webinar.

Education Jobs Fund applications & info available

The Department of Education has posted the application and information about the Education Jobs Fund, established with the passage and signing of the Educator Jobs bill.  The fund includes $10 million to hire and retain educators, including school librarians.  Applications are due by September 9th.  Applications and information is available on the Department of Education’s web site.

Educator Jobs bill passes in House, goes to president for signature

HR 1586, the Educator jobs bill has passed.  Yesterday the House passed the Senate’s amendments and now the bill will go to President Obama for signature.  This will bring $26 million in aid to states to re-hire and/or retain educators and other government workers, including school librarians.  However, to offset this spending, some money was rescinded from other programs, including the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  All of Maryland’s representatives voted for the bill, except Bartlett.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch posting.


Educator jobs bill passes in Senate; BTOP funding may be cut

Today the Senate passed the Educator jobs bill to provide $10 billion to retain or hire K-12 educators, including school librarians.  This is the good news!

The downside is that in order to fund this, the Senate agreed to reduce spending in other areas.  Last year’s stimulus funds for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) would be reduced by $302 million.  This could have an impact on any second round applications being considered.

The House still needs to approve these changes and will likely vote when they return to Washington, DC next week.

For more details, please see the District Dispatch posting.

ALA says wait on changes to E-rate forms

The American Library Association (ALA) submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the proposed changes to the E-rate applications forms.  ALA supports streamlining the application process.  However, they recommended that the FCC wait on making any changes to the application forms until the E-rate reforms have been adopted and applicants have been trained.  For more information, including a link to the comments, see the District Dispatch posting.

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