<html><head><style type='text/css'>p { margin: 0; }</style></head><body><div style='font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; color: #000000'><div><div>FYI, from ALA, out of Washington.</div><span name="x"></span><br></div><hr id="zwchr"><div style="color:#000;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;text-decoration:none;font-family:Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><b>From: </b>"Emily Sheketoff" &lt;esheketoff@alawash.org&gt;<br><b>Sent: </b>Wednesday, July 8, 2015 1:17:25 PM<br><b>Subject:</b>School Libraries Win!<br><br>



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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Landmark victory for school libraries and students today!</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Does your voice matter? Yes, it does!!
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">It’s official and, incredibly, it’s virtually UNANIMOUS.&nbsp; Thanks in large part to the enthusiastic response to our
</span><a href="http://www.districtdispatch.org/2015/07/amendment-to-help-save-school-libraries-moving-now/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">call to action yesterday</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">, and a boost from mega-author James Patterson, the
 US Senate today voted 98 – 0 in favor of the bi-partisan Reed-Cochran Amendment to
</span><a href="https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/s1177/BILLS-114s1177pcs.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;color:#0563C1">S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">! This amendment will explicitly make effective
 school library programs part of the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Prior to the vote, both Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) spoke eloquently in support of this amendment and the importance of school libraries.&nbsp; Their work has been invaluable in garnering attention
 for the important role that an effective school library program plays in a student’s education.
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">BUT . . . while this is an important “win”, our work is not quite finished. Stay tuned as the bill moves forward!&nbsp; Next steps for this bill will be: continued discussion on the Senate floor, a Senate vote,
 and then -- once the House has finished work on its&nbsp; own H.R. 5 -- the House and Senate will appoint a conference committee to resolve any disagreements and arrive at a bill that both can agree on.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">GO school libraries!!!</span></p>
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