AASL Legislation Committee (American Association of School Libraries) Committee
I hope this finds everyone well and ready to head to Washington, D.C., to do some much needed lobbying of our Congress. We have been busy here in Ohio, despite our harsh winter, lobbying our state school board to reconsider current wording of Ohio Operating Standards, so that it is not an option for the hiring of School Librarians. Instead we are asking that wording reflects the importance of hiring certified school librarians as our state funding is reduced, and more and more school librarians are being laid off or reassigned to the classroom for the 2014-2015 school year. If you have not seen the following video of Dr. Stephan Crashen talking to the LAUSD Board meeting where he explains how poverty effects poor children's reading abilities, and urges the Board to think twice about purchasing more technologies, at the deficit of more librarians and more books, see the video:
Please pass it on where ever and when ever you can. This year Ohio, and at least 13 other states, now have the Third Grade Reading Guarantee or similar laws in place which will start retaining children to repeat the 3rd Grade if they fail to pass reading tests after two tries. For states where poverty has taken a foot hold after the Great Recession, I am fearful of the havoc this law will wreak on this generation of children, especially children in my own district where over half are on the National School Lunch Program. We will continue our efforts here as AASL continues to make plans to address a larger audience about the importance of LSTA and IAL legislation. I urge everyone to contact their legislators to sign on in support of the two Congressional Acts. I hope to see you soon and if not, perhaps we will meet at the ALA in Las Vegas. Happy Trails!