On February 18, 2010 Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education and Labor announced plans for a bipartisan reform of ESEA. "It will start with a series of hearings in the coming weeks to explore the challenges and opportunities ahead as we work to ensure an excellent education is available to every student in America," the leadership declared, adding that "With a real commitment to innovation, we invite all stakeholders who share our serious interest in building a world-class education system to email us their suggestions." The committee's first hearing, focused on charter schools, was held on February 24.
Call to Action
Contact your legislators. Be accurate, specific and concise about your request. Be student-centered and focused. Remember that our message is not all about meeting the needs of the school librarian. When possible and appropriate, use a brief student-centered story to put a "face" on the request. Be positive and act now. Find your legislators here.
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