POSTED: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014 12:00 PM | UPDATED: 1:27 PM, FRI FEB 21, 2014.
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I was told that festivities started at 10, but I knew parking would be a beast (I detest parallel parking), so I got there early. I checked in with the STEM folks, then met up with Craig Patterson, ILA's lobbyist. I'm IASL President, and we're very concerned about a bill in committee. I'd been trying to keep IASL members up-to-speed on the sausage making that is the State Capitol, so figured I'd take this opportunity to see it for myself.At the STEM mega meeting. pic.twitter.com/S737QynCim— Christine Sturgeon (@c_sturgeon) February 13, 2014
On the Senate floor. #iowatlpic.twitter.com/gzWzAxsCzK — Christine Sturgeon (@c_sturgeon) February 13, 2014A little background: last year, HF472 became law. It was ostensibly about efficiency, and it gave schools financial incentive to share certain positions, including school counselors, nurses, and teacher librarians. Crazy, right? The law was immensely popular. The state budgeted $15 million and it cost over $60 million. Go figure!
Meeting with Senator Daryl Beall. pic.twitter.com/r764oGe89b — Christine Sturgeon (@c_sturgeon) February 13, 2014So the next day, I emailed IASL and ILA members and asked them to contact the Senators on the Education Committee over the weekend, because the subcommittee was meeting on Monday afternoon. The House Education committee had already passed a bill changing HF472 by taking teacher librarians, guidance counselors, and school nurses out of the list of positions eligible for incentive dollars from the state, but the Senate version kept the list intact. It fixed the money problems instead by changing the math (in a way I don't understand so I won't try to explain).
Good news, Christine! I just attended the subcommittee on SSB3150 and the Mathis amendment was included that strikes school nurses, counselors and librarians from the language. That’s a major victory for you and your colleagues. It now moves to the full Education Committee as amended. Just wanted to let you know, my friend. Your association’s grassroots efforts, contacting individual legislators, were very effective. Thanks, Christine. Please keep in touch. DarylAnd so I tweeted this:
Victory!!! — Christine Sturgeon (@c_sturgeon) February 17, 2014You know, I should have done some clever gif, but I was in too much of a hurry. How about this?
2:30-3:30 pm Legislative update from Craig Patterson and Amy Campbell, ILA lobbyists, at Iowa Library Services, Ola Babcock Miller Building (corner of E 12th and Grand) Click here for map of Capitol Complex and parking options
3:30 pm Walk to the Capitol Building (metal detectors in use) and up to the Law Library on the second floor. Gather under the colored signs in the Law Library that represent your district.
4-6 pm Legislative reception
Legislators have been invited by ILA/Lobbyists, but a personal note from Teacher Librarians attending is best! Click here to download a .jpg version of the invitation that you can send to your legislator, and then add a personal message underneath if you like.
"first comprehensive analysis of parents’ experiences with the educational media their children use: Which subjects do parents feel their children are learning the most about from media? Which platforms do they perceive as being most effective? And what are some of the obstacles to greater use of educational media?"
I don’t know where you are with government topics right now, but I have an issue I think juniors and seniors would love to debate and contact their legislators over. House File 2055 was introduced this week and it aims to allow parents access to library records of minor children. Right now parents can’t come into the library and ask what books their children are reading. They can ask, but we won’t tell them. If this passes, we’ll have to tell them. That means if a child is looking at information on any type of “private” issue, we’d have to tell their folks. I think it would be really interesting to see what kids think about that. It passed out of committee , so this is something you’d need to bring up right away if kids would like to contact their legislators either for or against the idea. Here’s the link to the legislation.
The Iowa Library Association is strongly opposed to the legislation. Here's a position paper from the state of Vermont that might help if you want to use this in class. It isn't very often that legislation directly affects students, so I thought you might like to know about this one.Can I just say how fabulous it would be if this infringement on privacy and local control of libraries was stopped because our STUDENTS speak up?
I am writing to urge you to support Representative Dolecheck's bill HF 2103.As a Teacher Librarian, taxpayer and constituent, I certainly understand the goal of making our school districts as cost effective as possible while ensuring that our students receive the highest quality education Iowa can offer, and that sharing certain positions across districts can make sense. However, I have been very concerned to discover that the previous bill, HF 472, included several instructional positions among those that could be shared, including Guidance Counselors and School Librarians. Both of these roles have instructional impact on our students, especially that of the Teacher Librarian.Teacher Librarians not only administer the physical library space, but are also vital to student's reading and information literacy education. We teach students how to locate, evaluate, use, and create information. We teach students how read, comprehend, and enjoy literature. We work with classroom teachers to integrate technology and 21st century skills into all disciplines.When a Teacher Librarian is stretched beyond one school building, he or she can no longer provide the excellent services and essential teaching that our students deserve. We hope that the language in HF2103 will ensure that our students have consistent and reliable access to the expertise a Teacher Librarian can bring to their school community.
Thank you for taking action on this important issue.