The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed the Senate on December 9th with a vote of 84-12! The bill will now go to the President.
Senators Cardin and Mikulski both voted for the bill. Please take a moment to thank them.
Thank you for your advocacy efforts!
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!
School Libraries need your help with the reauthorization of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA)! Please ask your Representative in the House to vote Yes on the Every Student Succeeds Act. See the American Library Association (ALA) Engage site for talking points and to call or email your Representative. You may also tweet your Representative.
Background information: After months of intense behind the scenes work in Congress, it looks like things are finally coming to a head with the reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As you may have read in past District Dispatch posts, school libraries fared extremely well in S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, but not so well in H.R.5, the House’s Student Success Act. As discussed on September 1st, the House and Senate had work to do to meld their two, quite different bills. This week the House and Senate appointed conferees to do just that. The resulting “Conference Committee” has hammered out the final version of a unified bill (called a “Conference Report”) that both chambers of Congress must now consider in an up or down vote, no amendments permitted. The House is expected to vote on this final Conference Report later this week.
Thanks in advance for any advocacy you can provide!
At the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in June, the ALA Council passed a resolution encouraging ALA to advocate for school libraries and school librarians. Areas of focus include securing better funding and recognition of school libraries and school librarians in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
For more information including a link to the full text of the resolution, please see the article in American Libraries.
The White House has responded to the We the People online petition in support of school libraries. The petition was started in January and received over 28,000 signatures. To see the petition and the White House response, go to the We the People web site. For some commentary on the White House’s response, check out the blog of Carl Harvey, who introduced the petition. (For more background on this petition, see the earlier blog post.)
Just after 10:30am on January 31st, the number of signatures reached 25,000 on the White House Petition for School Libraries. By the deadline of February 4th, there were 27,400 signatures. Now the Obama administration will assign experts to the topic and issue an official response. (See the earlier blog post for more information about the petition.) A School Library Journal article discusses this successful advocacy effort.
Many thanks to everyone who signed the online petition!
Support funding for school library programs! Sign an online petition to the White House to ask that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs. Even if you do not work in school libraries, please consider participating in this advocacy effort. The petition needs 25,000 signatures by February 4th.
The petition is available at http://wh.gov/Wgd.
The petition web site can be temperamental, especially when it experiencing high traffic volume. If you run into problems, you are encouraged to try again later.
White House petitions on We the People must be authored by individuals, not any association. Therefore, Carl Harvey, 2011-2012 President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), has introduced this petition as an individual, not as a representative of AASL or the American Library Association (ALA). We the People is a new tool that allows an individual to petition the Obama Administration online. If a petition gets at least 25,000 signatures, White House staff will review it, send it to the appropriate experts and issue an official response.
Thanks in advance for any advocacy efforts you can provide!