Two awesome things have happend in the last couple of weeks in regards to school libraries in Idaho.
ONE, Rep. Julie VanOrden (R-Blackfoot) was promoted to chair of the House Education Committee of the Idaho Legislature. VanOrden was Idaho Library Association's Legislator of the Year in 2015, and is a passionate, outspoken advocate of school libraries and literacy initiatives.
TWO, Idaho's most recent ESSA draft specifically allocates state Title II-A funds for professional development opportunities for school librarians. Idaho Commission for Libraries will be able to expand its annual School Librarians Summit, inviting 20 additional participants. ILA presented the ESSA committee with more than 10 additional recommendations to the first draft of the plan, and will be joining with other educational organizations across the state to continue to advocate for student access to quality school library programs.