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NJASL Info Literacy Bill Goes to the Governor

It's official. The New Jersey School Library Association's information literacy bill S588 has passed the state Senate and House and moves on to the Governor to sign it into law! This is a banner day for students across New Jersey as these new Info Lit standards - with school librarians at the forefront - begin to be written. 

Montana Retained the Ratios

There's great news from our colleagues at the Montana Library Association: The Board of Public Education voted to retain the ratios of school librarians, guidance counselors, and admin staff to students across Montana schools. The proposal before the BPE to make the change was driven more by politics than what was best for the students. This campaign to retain the rations by MLA, the school counselors association, and MFPE, the state union, will ensure that students and their families have the right staffing in every school. 

DCPS Needs School Librarians - Pass Students' Right to Read Amendment

We have been supporting school library stakeholders across DC Public Schools in their campaign to see stable and permanent funding for their positions in the budget. It's time for the City Council to pass the Students' Right to Read Amendment and fully fund these positions. EveryLibrary is giving testimony for the fourth time this week to City Council to encourage them to include school librarians in the regular budget. 

Montana Retain Educational Excellence Coalition Launches

For the past several months, EveryLibrary has been supporting the Montana Library Association's effort to retain the ratio of school librarians to students through our Save School Librarian digital campaign platform. Now we are very proud to support the launch of the Retain Excellence in Education Coalition, an effort by MLA, the Montana Federation of Public Employees, and the school counselors association to make sure that school librarians, counselors, administrators, and superintendents are at work for every student.

NJASL Info Literacy Bill in Assembly Education Committee

Good news: The New Jersey state Assembly Education Committee is considering A4169 on Thursday, September 22, 2022. School library activists like you have already helped move the NJASL Information Literacy Bill through the state Senate. Can you help this time?

Montanans Care About School Libraries

The Board of Public Education must know that the ARM 55 Recommendations are not right for Montana schools.

Utah's Biggest School District Pulls 52 Books

Alpine (UT) School Board Pulls 52 Books From School Library Without Proper Review The Alpine (UT) School Board has pulled 52 books from their school libraries without the due process that is required by first amendment law which says that materials cannot be deemed “harmful to minors” without being assessed “as a whole” with regard to their value. The Alpine Board has violated this requirement by failing to read the books they are banning, basing their decision solely on isolated excerpts presented out of context.

A Win for Delaware Students and School Libraries

We are glad to bring you some good news today about Delaware school libraries. SB195, the Media Literacy bill establishing statewide standards in Delaware schools, has passed the Assembly and is waiting for the Governor’s signature!

Testimony to DC City Council About School Librarians and Literacy / Learning

The Washington, D.C. City Council held a hearing about the importance of literacy services in the District and the EveryLibrary Institute asked to testify. We reminded the City Council that reintroducing the Student Right to Read Amendment would ensure that there will be a school librarian in every public school. That choice is one of the most effective ways to support literacy and a love of reading for a new generation. 

Michigan Legislative Candidates Express High-Level Support for Certified School Librarians in Recent MAME Survey

The Michigan Association for Media in Education, with the assistance of EveryLibrary, conducted a survey of candidates for the upcoming Michigan House and Michigan Senate primary elections to gauge their support for school libraries and school librarians. We received a 12% response rate to the survey. Responses highlighted the importance of school libraries and school librarians with the candidate.