Please take a moment (okay, a few minutes – it’s long) to read this post from the AASL blog. More action is needed to get school libraries into the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) bill. SKILLS only has 5 co-sponsors (none from S.C., for those who were wondering) which means it is vulnearable to being cut from the final bill.
Basically, we need to continue calling, writing, faxing, and emailing our senators to let them know this is important.
It only takes a few moments to call the senate switchboard, ask for your Senators’ offices, and leave the message: SUPPORT SCHOOL LIBRARIES IN ESEA! OUR COUNTRY’S STUDENTS PERFORM BETTER IN SCHOOLS WITH SOLID SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAMS.
Click here to look up the contact information for your elected officials.
Update: I forgot to include this quote from the article, which really surprised me when I read it:
Unfortunately, we have not had great support from the education unions and from other K-12 organizations. We are competing with everything from literacy coaches to classroom teachers – even though we know that school librarians are both of these. In the present political environment and the challenging budget climate, we have to cling to survival for our school libraries and, more importantly, the students they serve.
Somehow I guess I expected that other professional education organizations “get” how important our school libraries are, and were fighting hard for us teacher librarians as well as for classroom teachers. They aren’t. It’s up to us to band together and speak out for our programs and our students.