In December 2015, ALA applauded the passage of P.L.114-95, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The bill opens up the use of federal funding to effective school library programs.
- ALA Press Release: Senate passage of Every Student Succeeds Act Boosts U.S. School Children’s Chances of 21st Century Success (December 9, 2015)
- The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015: Opportunities for School Librarians (December 22, 2015) This document highlights library-related provisions in P.L.114-95, the ESSA and provides an overview of initial next steps to help maximize opportunities for effective school library programming under the new law.
- The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015: Overview of Library Provisions (November 30, 2015)
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides federal funding for K-12 education programs and was last reauthorized in 2001 by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In general, the reauthorization of ESEA will determine federal education policy for the coming decade.
Following the sunset of the Improving Literacy through School Libraries program, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and That Cochran (R-MS) worked to create the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program which provides funding as a competitive grant program to underserved school libraries.
The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) program was designed to improve student literacy skills and academic achievement by providing schools with up-to-date library materials and to ensure that school library media centers are staffed by state-certified school library media specialists. This program was funded from FY02 through FY10.