January 26, 2022

Roundup: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Passes in House of Rep., Senate Vote Next

UPDATE December 3 ESEA Passes in House; Senate Vote Expected Monday (via SLJ)

UPDATE December 3 Federal support for school libraries closer to fruition (via ALA)


The addition of support for school libraries was added to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) (S. 1177) on Monday.

ALA has told us that the bill will likely be voted on today in the House of Representatives and, if passed will be voted on in the Senate on Monday.

What follows is a roundup of coverage, reaction, and documents.

The Legislation

Track S. 1177 and Read the Bill (via GovTrack.us)

From ALA’s Washington Office

Thank You and Support Letter from Emily Sheketoff, Exec. Director of ALA Washington Office to U.S. House and Senate Leadership
2 pages; PDF.

Overview of Library Provisions in Ever Student Succeeds Act of 2015
2 pages; PDF.

“We Made It Into ESEA”

ALA’s Jessica McGilvray writes on the District Dispatch:

As we discussed in a post on November 19th, the final language of the Every Student Succeeds Act negotiated by a House and Senate Conference Committee has just been released. This bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and I am happy to report that the members of the Committee recognized the importance of an effective school library

From ALA and AASL

“AASL, ALA Applaud the Addition Of School Libraries to Every Student Succeeds Act”

From the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

iNACOL Joins 24 Groups in Applauding Congressional Efforts to Align Federal K-12 Education Law to Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

List of 24 Groups

Alliance for Excellent Education
America Forward
Big Picture Learning
CAST, Inc.
Center for Assessment
Center for Innovation in Education
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
CoSN (Consortium for School Networking)
Forum for Youth Investment
Foundation for Excellence in Education Generation Citizen
iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning)
Jobs for the Future
Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium
Matchbook Learning
National Association of State Boards of Education
New Hampshire Department of Education
Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) at EDUCAUSE
Partnership for 21st Century Learning
Project Tomorrow
SETDA (State Educational Technology Directors Association)
The Learning Accelerator
Virtual Learning Academy Charter School
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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.