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 href="http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/index.asp?layout=talkbackCommentsFull&talk_back_header_id=6596500&articleid=CA6652808">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.</a> 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 <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2261">Washington Legislature website</a> the bill starts to go into effect in July.