Here is the Kansas Library Association Governmental Affairs' "Kansas Legislative Push Card". The card outlines library issues that we feel will need advocacy. Download the push card and share if you can. This document is intended to educate us all (not just legislators) about upcoming Library issues in the Kansas Legislature.
Diane (KASL Member on the KLA Governmental Affairs Committee)
Gwen Lehman sent the KASL list this link to Reports Released at the Most Recent Meeting of the Legislative Post Audit Committee Kansas Board of Regents: Evaluating the Effects of Eliminating the Kan-ed. The summary report is worth a look. As Gwen says, ". . . interesting results and recommendations . . . ."
Be watching the activities in the Kansas House of Representatives and let your library supporters know that unless their Representative sits on the House Appropriations Committee, they and their interests will not likely be heard. The House voted to change several procedures and rules, making it difficult to even bring forward changes to any bills coming out of the Appropriations Committee. Follow the action or non-action...
What is foremost in legislators’ minds? Finance & Budget
How can teacher-librarians link up to legislators’ agenda? With One Key Message
Legislators @ your library ®
Your legislators must know
•Networked school libraries and fully licensed school librarians have a positive impact on student learning and achievement.
•Students learn 21st century learning skills through state-of-the-art school library media programs.
•Interactions with a school library media specialist aid children and teens in becoming confident, competent, and independent learners.
•Students achieve more academically when their teachers and fully licensed school library media specialists collaboratively plan and deliver instruction.
•There is data to support these statements, which has been collected over the past decade in studies across the United States.
•Stimulus money (ARRA) can be spent to benefit school libraries and to hire fully licensed school librarians in every school building, e.g., Title I; Enhancing Education Through Technology; and State Fiscal Stabilization Funds.
Act quickly. Put together a needs list for your district. Share it with your local school administrators and legislators. Take pictures. Write news releases. Let us know how it goes. Send your story to AASL Legislation Committee Members: Mirah Dow email@example.com or Mary Moyer firstname.lastname@example.org