Ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program.
Every child in America deserves access to an effective school
library program. We ask that the reauthorization of the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support
effective school library programs. Such action will ensure more
students have access to the resources and tools that constitute a 21st
century learning environment. Reductions in school library programs are
creating an ‘access gap’ between schools in wealthier communities
versus those where there are high levels of poverty. All students
should have an equal opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to
learn, to participate, and to compete in today’s world.