- Congress passes an Omnibus Spending Bill for FY 2014
On January 17, 2014, both the U. S. House and Senate approved legislation that would fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2014. This legislation partially restores funding to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) that were dramatically cut in FY 2013 under sequestration. The total amount appropriated for LSTA increased from $175,044, 000 in FY 2013, to $180, 909,000 for FY 2014. The grants to states programs increased from $150 million to $154, 848, 000; National Leadership grants increased from $11,377,000 to $12,200,000; Laura Bush 21ar-century Librarian grants remained at $10 million and the Native American and Hawaiian Library Services increased from $3,667,000 to $3,861,000. In the Department of Education, Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), a completive grant which half of the funds must go to low income school libraries, was appropriated at $25 million in 2014. This is a –$2.4 million cut from FY 2013.Please send a message now to protect future retirement benefits! “Don’t Mess With My VRS“
- Urge your Delegate to Support Delay of A–F school grading!
Support Effort to Delay A–F School Grading. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or what was previously known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was scheduled to be reauthorized in 2009, bur Congress has not yet done so. However, both the Senate and the House have holding hearings and meetings throughout 2010 and 2011 on what should be included in a reauthorized ESEA bill. During this time, the Washington Office has been meeting with key legislators and staff working to get school libraries included into ESEA.On June 12, 2013, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee marked up S. 1094, the Strengthening America’s Schools Act, on a 12-10 party line vote. This bill would have reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and is a huge victory for libraries as it creates a specific provision for school libraries and implements the Improving Literacy and College and Career Readiness Through Effective School Library Program. Furthermore, this legislation would allow for the Department of Education to award three year grants to low income school libraries to maintain up-to-date school libraries, staffed by a state-certified school librarian, and for other purposes relating to a school library. No date has yet been set for when this bill will be taken up on the Senate floor.Congress is set to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) previously known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Please contact your U. S. Senators and representatives to share examples and personal stories of how school libraries and school librarians impact the education of children in your community. Please view and download ALA’s position on the re-authorization of ESEA
- National Library Legislative Day—May 5 and 6, 2014
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