President Obama’s FY 2015 budget includes $200 million in funding for ConnectEDucators, a new program for professional development for school librarians, teachers and leaders who provide high-speed internet access to students. Training will ensure that these educators are well-prepared to use high-speed internet resources in a way that improves classroom instruction and student learning.
The budget request also includes funding for school librarians through the Department of Education’s Race to the Top program. Through the Equity and Opportunity Program, states and school districts with high poverty areas will need to establish a means of keeping their best educators, including school librarians, in their schools.
For more information, please see the District Dispatch post.
Carrie Russell from the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office will offer an online workshop entitled “Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators” on Thursday, April 11th from 2:30-4pm. The workshop description states that it will offer guidance on ways to legally provide materials to students by exploring common scenarios encountered by school educators and librarians and is based on her book by the same title. Registration is through the ALA Store. This is not a free workshop. See the registration page of individual and group rates.
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.
From the ALA Washington Office:
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The American Library Association Washington Office will be offering a free webinar on Wednesday, March 30th from 5-6pm focusing on federal-level advocacy for school libraries. Learn how school librarians can take advantage of the current challenges and tell their story so that legislators will listen and agree.
For more information on the webinar and to register, go to the webinar announcement.
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.
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.
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.