Thank you to everyone who contacted Senator Mikulski and ask for her support of school libraries! She did sign on. However, while the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) did pass out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, it did not include the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act or any amendment to support school libraries. (For more information, please see the Legislative Panel’s blog post.)
The school libraries amendment is expected to be re-introduced on the Senate floor, so there is still time to help! The American Library Association Washington Office is seeking stories about the state of school libraries that illustrate the consequences of underfunded school library programs. These stories will be used to help make the case to Senators for the need to reauthorize ESEA with the school libraries amendment.
For more information about what types of stories they are looking for and where to send them, please see the request below from the American Library Association Washington Office.
Thank you in advance for any stories and support you can provide!
Request for stories from the American Library Association Washington Office: