Contact Congress in support of American Jobs Act

As expected, the American Jobs Act includes funds for K-12 education that is allocated for teacher jobs, including school librarians, and building renovation projects, including school libraries.  It also allocates funds for community college building renovation projects, including libraries.  Because of this allocated funding for libraries and librarians, the American Library Association (ALA) is encouraging people to contact their Senators and Representatives to ask for their support of the American Jobs Act.  No Action Alert has been set up, but you can still use Capwiz to contact legislators.  If you prefer to call your legislators, Capwiz also provides phone numbers.

The message below from the ALA Washington Office provides additional information, including a chart that indicates the estimated amount of funds that each state would receive for each area.  Thank you in advance for any advocacy efforts.

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From the ALA Washington Office: 

Less than a week after President Obama called on Congress to pass a new jobs creation bill, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced the American Jobs Act (AJA) of 2011 (S. 1549).

This Senate version of the jobs bill includes $30 billion for K-12 education to retain or rehire educators including school librarians to prevent the layoffs of up to 280,000 educators including many school librarians.  Since school librarians across the country are losing their jobs due to budget cuts, it is critically important that as much of this money as possible be used to save their jobs.

The ALA asks all members to call their two senators and congressional representative at 202-224-3121 and urge them to support the AJA.   Tell your elected officials about what school libraries do in your community and how obtaining funds for construction through the AJA could improve the education of our students.

The AJA also includes an additional $25 billion to maintain and upgrade K-12 schools including school libraries to meet their 21st century demands and $5 billion for community colleges including their libraries.  

Please call your elected officials in Congress today!

A chart outlining the estimated jobs impact by state can be viewed here .

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