Fix the Funding For Washington School Libraries

Fix the Funding For Washington School Libraries

We have a rare and important chance to help students in Washington state get the school library services they need, and for taxpayers to hold the legislature and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction accountable on delivering their promises.

The Washington Library Association and EveryLibrary need your help today to contact your two state representatives and state senator to move bills in their respective chambers. HB 2695 and SB 6460 will do three critical things: fix the funding formula to finally include accountability for school library spending; require reporting and transparency by the OSPI about how they actually spend ...

We have a rare and important chance to help students in Washington state get the school library services they need, and for taxpayers to hold the legislature and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction accountable on delivering their promises.

The Washington Library Association and EveryLibrary need your help today to contact your two state representatives and state senator to move bills in their respective chambers. HB 2695 and SB 6460 will do three critical things: fix the funding formula to finally include accountability for school library spending; require reporting and transparency by the OSPI about how they actually spend dedicated school library materials funds; and create a position in OSPI focused on maximizing student achievement through effective school library programs. Please help move these important bills today by contacting your state Senator and Representatives using the email form on this page.  

State law in Washington already allocates money for teacher-librarians in schools, but school boards, superintendents and principals shift certified school librarians out of their libraries frequently. This means that what the taxpayers are paying for isn’t happening in our schools. There is also a funding allocation in Washington state for school library programs that is supposed to be dedicated to per pupil collections, programs and services, but without transparency and reporting, taxpayers and parents don’t know if it is. These bills would fix those basic problems. Help ensure that every student has the in-class research and curriculum support they need, and the outside-of-class independent learning and discovery opportunities we all wish for our kids by signing this email petition today!

Please take this action for students all across Washington State today. Both bills have a chance to move, and the sponsors have told Washington Library Association that if they hear from enough voters, parents, and taxpayers around the state that there is a good chance to fix these problems. But only if enough people speak up about good school libraries and transparent government spending. Please send your email about HB 2695 and SB 6460, and share this call-to-action with your neighbors, family, and school community.

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Send an email to your State Senators to support SB 6460

Use this form to send an email to your State Senators and show your support for SB 6460.

We have a rare and important chance to help students in Washington state get the school library services they need, and for taxpayers to hold the legislature and Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction accountable on delivering their promises.

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