This year, FAME and the Legislative Committee began a partnership with the GreyRobinson firm to communicate and strengthen our voices for our libraries.
We will host a forum for all members at 8 PM MAY 16 to provide updates and answer questions and concerns from around the state. Please see your email for details and links.
In 2021 we celebrated the passage of House Bill 3, the “New Worlds Reading Initiative,” which will distribute books directly to the homes of kindergarten through fifth grade students reading below grade level. It also provides training and support for parents to learn reading strategies to assist students at home.
The committee wrote letters and made calls in support of the bill and its Senate companion with two requests: that the $270 million/year bill be fully funded without using K-12 allocations and that students would have choices in the books offered. The bill is funded through an additional oil and gas tax, and students will choose from a variety of genres. Four-year universities with schools of education and reading specialties may apply to administer the program, which began last fall.
We also wrote letters in support of the inclusion of library
media specialists in any state bonuses. Our request is and
continues to be that any statewide bonuses or pay be
written for “all state certified personnel” rather than
“teachers.” For the state, it is a matter of available funds.
For librarians, it is a matter of recognizing our contribution to student success.
Despite current trends and obstacles, we continue to fight for our members and advocate for the students we serve. And we need your help! Upcoming school board elections can have a tremendous impact on your library, and many
groups are working to censor free access to information
and silence diverse voices in K-12 schools. Please
join us in May for updates and information.