Washington State Passes Education Reform includes School Libraries

There have been articles about the Bellevue School District in Washington State doing away with their librarians on this site so I went to see what Washington State's elected officials are doing about it. The answer? House bill 2261, an overhaul of education funding which has, among other provisions, a permanent line item for school library materials—and an allocation of funds to pay for a certified librarian in every K–12 school by 2018. Granted it's not funded right now, which makes the point moot. Once the state does get money though Bellevue is probably going to have to put those teacher-librarians back where they found them.

According to the Washington Legislature website the bill starts to go into effect in July.