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Grassroots Group Grows Mini-SKILLs Bill in Washington State

- Excerpt from American Libraries online current news -

"Characterizing school library media specialists as "an endangered species," Washington State Sen. Tracey J. Eide (D-Federal Way) introduced a bill January 22 that codifies through a per-pupil formula how many credentialed school library media specialists should be employed by each district and offers some $55 million to fund the initiative. Its aim of guaranteeing the presence in school libraries of certificated staff echoes the language of the federal SKILLs (Strengthening Kids' Interest in Learning and Libraries) Act, introduced in June 2007 as an unfunded amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act and scheduled for Senate committee review in February."

Read the full article here.

Also read, complementary blog entry "Building True Advocacy for School Libraries" - January 25, 2008.

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