School libraries are a huge issue in America today and unfortunately have been for a while and frankly probably will be for a while to come. That's why we held this rally at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago. You can read the whole article on Huffington Post.
We are excited to announce that the campaign to keep school librarians from being “optional” in Iowa State Senate Bill 1190 in Iowa was wildly successful and the language was removed from the bill. In less than 12 hours over 500 people across the state of Iowa signed the petition. Your actions made this possible!
Thank you to everyone who voiced your support for media specialists and all certified educators to be part of the pay raise!
Thanks to your actions, we were able to include ALL certified educators in the House FY20 budget.
Passing SB 143 would give all Nevada students access to the best educational resource: a school librarian.
The Utah Library Association and EveryLibrary invite you to take the Pledge to Vote For Question #1 this November.
Question #1 is an important and necessary proposal to increase school library funding in Utah through a new motor fuel tax. If it passes, 70% of the funding will go directly to improve education in local school districts. School Library Media Specialists are named in the proposal, and that is why we are endorsing Question #1.
Please join EveryLibrary, the Colorado Association of Libraries, and the Colorado Association of School Librarians in taking the Pledge to Vote YES on Amendment 73 this November.
We are excited to announce a win in the Tamalpais High School District in California where the teacher-librarians at Tamalpais, Redwood, and Drake High Schools were given preliminary lay-off notices. We were able to work closely with individuals on the ground to mount a campaign to contact the school board and push back against these cuts.
The teacher-librarians at Tamalpais, Redwood and Drake High Schools were given preliminary lay-off notices on Friday, March 9 at 11:15 am. This preceded the posting of the Board of Trustees Meeting agenda at 5:46 pm which included Resolution 17-10 Reducing Certificated. The resolution passed with a 3-2 vote.
Eliminating School Library Positions in Atlanta Public Schools will Hurt Student Achievement and Success
With just a few months left in this school year, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) are eliminating at least 14 school librarian positions across the city next school year. Several schools are reducing their school library staffing to a part-time school certified librarian while others are replacing them with paraprofessionals. The Georgia Library Media Association is calling on members of the School Board and Superintendent Carstarphen to review and reverse this decision. Eliminating school librarians from Atlanta schools would negatively affect reading and test scores, and student achievement across our city.
Across the country we are seeing school library budgets get slashed. Children all over the United States are losing access to this important resource. We’re working really hard at EveryLibrary to help support these school libraries and ensure that our children are not denied the education that they deserve with a well-funded library. But we can’t do it without your support. That’s why we’re asking you to sign and share some of our most recent school library petitions.