Susie Ridgeway, OELMA’s Advocacy Co-chair, brought school librarians and school libraries into the limelight at the National Education Association’s RA earlier this week with the New Business Item 54 regarding passage of Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2, Improving Literacy and College and Career Readiness Through Effective School Library Programs, under the Strengthening America’s School Act. It passed unanimously. Listen to her impassioned presentation about the importance of certified/licensed school librarians and school libraries on the nation’s children.
Look for more information coming from the OELMA Advocacy Team in the coming months. Each member of the Ohio Senate and House Education Committee received a letter and copy of OELMA’s White Paper entitled “An Ohio Educational Library Media Association White Paper: Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee and the Library Media Specialist.” You can download this White Paper with its accompanying videos from the OELMA website – Professional Resources tab. Contact your legislator, send them a copy of the White Paper with a letter explaining the role you play in reading in your school, in your school district. Now is the time Team OELMA!