Legislative Background

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

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.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy

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.

Improving Literacy Through 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 FY 2002 - FY 2010.