HB 908: Act Today!

Ladies and Gentlemen:
Today is the day you need to pick up your phone or compose an email and OPPOSE the passage of HB 908 and the removal of expenditure controls. Tell your legislator the impact of lost funds on STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. Tell a personal story of how your budget has been removed or cut even though the Georgia Code requiring earned library media funds to be spent in the media center in which those funds were earned is still on the books and is still the law. Many, many of these legislators told those of us who personally visited last year on Library Legislative Day that they did not believe that any responsible school system would withhold library funding when expenditure controls were removed. We all know how THAT turned out – let them know that these funds WERE withheld and that Georgia’s school libraries are falling behind in quality, currency, and relevancy because of the lack of proper funding.
Do not sit at your desk and assume that others will do this for you or that you will continue to have a job if you don’t speak up and advocate for your program. More importantly, you must advocate for your students – they deserve equity of resource distribution and YOU may be the only voice speaking for them.
Rep. Casas is supposed to present an adjusted HB 908 to the Education Committee TODAY. Call or write NOW. If not you, who?

Contact Representative Casas (expenditure controls recommendation)

Contact Representative England (Chair, House Appropriations Education Subcommittee)

Contact Representative Dickson (Secretary)

  • 507 Coverdell Legislative Office Building
  • Atlanta, GA 30334
  • 404.656.0202
  • tom.dickson@house.ga.gov
  • (This is one who told us last year that he did not believe that any school system would withhold library funds if expenditure controls were lifted – we all know how THAT turned out)

Contact Representative Amerson

  • 401 State Capitol
  • Atlanta, GA 30334
  • 404.657.8534

Contact Representative Ashe (historically supportive of libraries)

Contact Representative Austin

  • 607 Coverdell Legislative Office Building
  • Atlanta, GA 30334
  • 404.656.0287
rick.austin@house.ga.gov

Contact Representative Burns

Contact Representative Carter (teacher by occupation)

Contact Representative Coan

Contact Representative Jones

Contact Representative Maxwell

howard.maxwell@house.ga.gov
  • 402 State Capitol
  • Atlanta, GA 30334
  • 404.656.5143

Contact Representative Neal

Contact Representative Porter (past supporter of libraries)

Contact Representative Coleman

  • 416 State Capitol
  • Atlanta, GA 30334
  • 404.656.9210 (This is one who told us last year that he did not believe that any school system would withhold library funds if expenditure controls were lifted – we all know how THAT turned out)

Contact Representative Benton

  • tommy.benton@house.ga.gov
  • 501 Coverdell Legislative Office Building
  • Atlanta, GA 30334
  • 404.656.0177
  • (Made efforts to help us out last year with HB 278 – thank him for his support when writing)

Contact Representative Millar

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About The Unquiet Librarian

I'm a librarian and writing teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss; I'm also a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Posted on February 4, 2010, in legislation and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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