[library-media] Send Your Senators a "Save School Libraries" Valentine!
paula.zsiray at cache.k12.ut.us
Wed Jan 30 10:11:11 MST 2008
The message below is concerned with a reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary
and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and is of great importance to school
library media programs. Essentially, the bill addresses what we are trying
to do this year with the Utah Legislature, i.e., begin to phase-in teacher
librarians. The committee has made some headway, but with this kind of
federal support, our goal has a much better chance.
Let's barrage Senators Bennett and Hatch with "Save School Libraries"
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From: Rosalind <mailto:rreynolds at alawash.org> Reynolds
Subject: Send Your Senators a "Save School Libraries" Valentine!
Send Your Senators a "Save School Libraries" Valentine!
We need your help - ALL LIBRARIANS AND LIBRARY ADVOCATES - to ensure the
inclusion of the Strengthening Kids' Interest in Learning and Libraries
(SKILLs) Act in the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
School library girl
<http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2071/2218116751_09b48263bc_m.jpg> This is
the single most important piece of legislation concerning school libraries
that will come before Congress this year. Reauthorization of this bill is
critical to the future of school libraries.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
will be considering reauthorization of NCLB in the next month. In order for
the SKILLs Act to be included in NCLB - that is, to place a state-certified
school library media specialist in every school - each member of the Senate
must co-sponsor the SKILLS Act.
This Valentine's Day, have your teens, parents, children and library
supporters flood federal elected officials' district offices with Valentines
that express love for your school library and its staff and ask for support
for important legislation.
This is your chance to send an "I Love My School Librarian" Valentine card
to your U.S. Senators, and to ask them to co-sponsor the Strengthening Kids'
Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act! (See the YALSA I Love My
The names of your Senators must appear on this bill! If your Senators' names
do not appear as co-sponsors, please call their offices immediately and
request that they support the SKILLs Act. Then ask your Senators to contact
either Senate HELP Committee Chairman Ted Kennedy (D-MA) or Senate HELP
Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY) to express the importance of the
SKILLS Act of be included in NCLB reauthorization.
If your Senators' names DO appear on this bill, contact and thank them for
the continued support of school libraries and school library media
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
The bill number in the Senate is S. 1699
When contacting your Senators prepare to state why this issue is of critical
The SKILLs Act
* Requires school districts, to the extent feasible, to ensure that
every school within the district employs at least one state-certified school
library media specialist in each school library;
* Establishes as a state goal that there be at least one
state-certified school library media specialist in every public school no
later than the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year;
* Broadens the focus of training, professional development, and
recruitment activities to include school library media specialists;
* Ensures that funds will serve elementary, middle, and high school
* Requires books and materials to be appropriate for and engage the
interest of students in all grade levels and students with special learning
needs, including English language learners.
* Multiple studies have affirmed that there is a clear link between
school library media programs that are staffed by a school library media
specialist and student academic achievement. Across the United States,
research has shown that students in schools with good school libraries learn
more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized test scores than
their peers in schools without libraries.
* Academic Librarians: School libraries are KEY to ensuring college
* Public Librarians: School library media specialists give students
the skills they need to utilize your library to its fullest extent.
* Long regarded as the cornerstone of the school community, school
libraries are no longer just for books. Instead, they have become
sophisticated 21st century learning environments offering a full range of
print and electronic resources that provide equal learning opportunities to
all students, regardless of the socio-economic or education levels of the
community - but only when they are staffed by school library media
specialists trained to collaborate with teachers and engage students
meaningfully with information that matters to them both in the classroom and
in the real world.
* Only about 60 percent of our school libraries have a full-time,
state-certified school library media specialist on staff.
* With limited funding and an increased focus on school performance,
administrators are trying to stretch dollars and cut funds across various
programs to ensure that maximum resources are dedicated to improving student
* Because NCLB does not highlight the direct correlation between
school library media specialists and increased student academic achievement,
library resource budgets are increasingly being used to mitigate the effects
of budgetary constraints.
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