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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a historic piece of legislation for school libraries because it is the fist time in over five decades that school library programs have been explicitly granted eligibility for federal dollars.Background • Programs • School Library Provisions • Ideas • Questions
ESSA is the latest authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act and differs from NCLB in that it grants significant leeway to states in a wide range of areas.
On December 10, 2015 President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Included in the law is language validating the importance of school libraries and school librarians. The bill authorizes states and local educational agencies to use federal funds to support instructional services, and the language specifically includes school librarians in the definition of specialized instructional support personnel.The funds can be used, to develop and enhance effective school library programs,to provide professional development for school librarians, to purchase books and build resources that are up-to-date for high-need schools.
All these changes are positive and important, but they are only the beginning of the possibilities. To make sure that school libraries/librarians in NJ are beneficiaries of this critical funding it is up to ALL our members to work with our local school superintendents and school boards to educate them on the effectiveness of school library programs led by certified school librarians. The NJASL board and several of our committees and representatives will be working to keep you informed and in the know about the opportunities that are available. Please take time to read the literature, become informed and begin the transformation within your local district.
Low Performing Schools
Title IV Part A – Student Support and Academic Enrichment authorizes a grant to local school districts to identify and address technology readiness needs including Internet connectivity and access to school libraries. Funds may also be used for professional development to develop the knowledge and skills to use technology effectively to improve instruction and student achievement.
Funding drives everything whether it comes from the federal or state government or your local school budget. Officials who make funding decisions need a clear understanding about the importance of certified school librarians and the school library program in instruction and student achievement.
That’s where you come in. The language in ESSA repeatedly mentions “effective school library programs”. We need to lead the conversation about what effective school library programs look like and, where necessary, advocate for the resources needed to develop and enhance existing school library programs to ensure their effectiveness.