Urge Your Members of Congress to Support a Crucial School Library Bill!
Please ask that they co-sponsor the EDUCATORS for America Act (S. 3360 / H.R. 6205).
The EDUCATORS for America Act (S. 3360 / H.R. 6205), introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Alma Adams (D-NC-12) in the Senate and House aims to increase diversity among school educators, and boost the pipeline of future school librarians.
ALA supports this urgently needed legislation to address librarian educator shortages exacerbated by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The EDUCATORS Act will invest in states and educators to improve teacher pipeline programs in order to create more career-ready school librarians and other educators.
This act would offer financial incentives to strengthen the educator workforce and remove barriers to entering the education profession, through authorizing $500 million for grants to states that develop strategies to meet their educator workforce needs, and an additional $500 million to enhance educator preparation programs. The act would reauthorize the Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Program for teacher preparation efforts at historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions, and double federal TEACH grants to $8,000 per year.
School librarians are essential anchors for our nation’s schools, family systems and communities, and ALA strongly supports this legislation that aims to address both the current shortage of school librarians and the resources needed to support them, as well as the severe diversity gap in the field. Let’s ensure that our elected officials understand the dire need of additional resources for school librarians today.
Use the form below to contact your members of Congress and urge that they cosponsor the EDUCATORS Act today!