Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Education Bill Recognizes Importance of Strong School Library Programs

Learn more about the senate bill introduced on Tuesday by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) from the ALA website.

The bill, called the Strengthening America’s Schools Act, would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, first encacted in 1965, and add specific language about school libraries, including:

"Defining an effective school library program as:
  1. Staffed by a state-certified or licensed school librarian;
  2. Having up-to-date books, materials, equipment, and technology (including broadband);
  3. Including regular collaboration between classroom teachers and school librarians to assist with the development and implementation of curriculum;
  4. Supports the development of digital literacy skills"
Keep an eye on this bill and express your support for school libraries!