ESEA, School Librarians, and What Comes Next
EveryLibrary is excited to hear the news from the American Library Association Washington Office that ESEA reauthorization – with school library programs in the bill – has passed the Senate and is going to the President for his signature. This reauthorization replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and is now called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is a significant and important reset of national education policy and funding options for school library programs, and therefore for school librarians because we’re written into the law again. NCLB was a disaster for school libraries and librarians. We’ve lost thousands of colleagues in K-12 and we’ve seen school libraries close around the country because they were not specifically included in NCLB.