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Tags: Advocacy Alert, Budget, FY 2017, IAL, Innovative Approaches to Literacy, Library Services and Technology Act, LSTA
Tags: advocacy, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ESEA, ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, S 1177
The House passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Wednesday, December 2nd, with the inclusion of many of the school library provisions! More information, including a link to a list of the school library provisions, is available on the District Dispatch, or view the American Library Association (ALA) Press Release.
Many thanks to everyone who called, emailed or tweeted their Representative in the House! Congressmen Cummings, Delaney, Edwards, Hoyer, Sarbanes and Van Hollen all voted for the bill. Please take a moment to thank your Representative. (Congressman Ruppersberger did not vote.)
Advocacy Alert! The bill now moves to the Senate, where a vote is expected to occur next week. Please take the time to contact Senators Mikulski and Cardin asking them to vote Yes on the ESSA Conference Report. The American Library Association (ALA) Engage site has additional information needed to call or email the Senators. You may also tweet the Senators.
Thanks in advance for any advocacy you can provide!
Important information from CQ Roll Call about Understanding the Legislative Tracking
Check out the ALA Blog post.
SCOOP! ALA Washington Office Encourages Inter-Chapter Fight
|“DEAR APPROPRIATOR” LETTERS …|
|BACKGROUND INFORMATION||LSTA is the only source of funding for libraries in the federal budget. The bulk of this funding is returned to states through a population-based grant program through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Libraries use LSTA funds to, among other things, build and maintain 21st century collections that facilitate employment and entrepreneurship, community engagement, and individual empowerment. For more information on LSTA, check out this document LSTA Background and Ask (pdf).||IAL is the only federal program supporting literacy for underserved school libraries and has become the primary source for federal funding for school library materials. Focusing on low income schools, these funds help many schools bring their school libraries up to standard. For more information on IAL, view School Libraries Brief (pdf).< /td>|
|Congressional staff your Member should contact to sign…|
|HOUSE STAFF/ CHAMPION||Norma Salazar (Representative Raul Grijalva)||Don Andres (Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson)|
|SENATE STAFF/ CHAMPION||Elyse Wasch (Senator Jack Reed)||Elyse Wasch (Senator Jack Reed)James Rice (Senator Charles Grassley)|
Tags: Action Alert, Library Advocacy
Advocates who cannot travel to Washington for National Library Legislative Day can still make a difference and speak up for libraries. As an alternative, the American Library Association sponsors Virtual Library Legislative Day, which takes place on May 5, 2015. To participate in Virtual Library Legislative Day,register now for American Library Association policy action alerts.
Tags: ENGAGE, National Library Legislative Day, NLLD
Below is a video about National Library Legislative Day from the ALA Grassroots Coordinator. It is your support and advocacy that will educate the elected officials about the value of libraries.
Remember also that you can use our new advocacy tool, ENGAGE, to contact your elected officials to tell them how useful our libraries are to the over 3 million library users, and to those who walk through our doors seeking information on workforce and educational opportunities. Click on our Take Action button and tell your library story: http://cqrcengage.com/alamd/