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February 23 Legislative Alert

On Tuesday, February 15th, GLMA expressed concerns and opposition to HB 172, legislation that would extend the media center expenditure control waivers through 2015, during a meeting of the House Academic Support Subcommittee.  HB 172 passed the education committee and will be voted on by the House today.  If the House passes the bill, it will then move to the Senate.

We predict the House will pass HB 172 and that it will be assigned to the Senate Education and Youth Committee.  It’s not too early to begin contacting Senators on the committee.  Explain why media center expenditure controls are important and how media materials support the K-12 curriculum.

Senate Education & Youth Committee Members
Sen. Fran Millar, Chair – EMAIL
Sen. William T. Ligon, Jr., Vice Chair – EMAIL
Sen. Jesse Stone, Secretary – EMAIL
Sen. John Albers – EMAIL
Sen. Vincent Fort – EMAIL
Sen. Donzella James – EMAIL
Sen. Freddie Powell Sims – EMAIL
Sen. Horacena Tate – EMAIL
Sen. Lindsey Tippins – EMAIL
Sen. Tommie Williams – EMAIL
Sen. Bill Jackson – EMAIL
Sen. Chip Rogers – EMAIL
Stay tuned…
Lasa Joiner & Michelle Crider

Buffy Hamilton, GLMA Communications Chair

GLMA Legislative Alert: Expenditure Control Waiver Bill Hearing Tomorrow!

The House Education Academic Support Subcommittee will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. to hear HB 172, legislation that would extend the expenditure control waivers through 2015.

To review HB 172, CLICK HERE.

Contact members of the Subcommittee today.

  • Explain how expenditure controls for media center costs support student education and why it would be detrimental to the students in your school if the waiver is extended through 2015.
  • Currently, systems can receive expenditure control waivers through the 2012-13 school year.  HB 172 extends this waiver for two additional years.  Ask legislators why this extension is necessary now, in 2011.
  • Explain how media center materials are used to support the science and math curriculums.
  • Provide data on the age of your media center materials, and note how old your collections will be in 2015.

If you are able to attend the committee hearing tomorrow and would like to testify on the bill, please let us know as soon as possible so we can coordinate your trip to the Capitol.

Members of the House Education Academic Support Subcommittee
Rep. Randy Nix, Chair – EMAIL
Rep. Ann Purcell, Vice Chair/Secretary – EMAIL
Rep. Paul Battles – EMAIL
Rep. Tommy Benton – EMAIL
Rep. Amy Carter – EMAIL
Rep. David Casas – EMAIL
Rep. Brooks Coleman, House Ed. Chair – EMAIL
Rep. Tom Dickson – EMAIL
Rep. Hugh Floyd – EMAIL
Rep. Wayne Howard – EMAIL
Rep. Margaret Kaiser – EMAIL
Rep. Willie Talton – EMAIL
Rep. Andy Welch – EMAIL

Stay tuned…
Lasa Joiner and Michelle Crider

Google, Galileo and Cougars, Oh My!

Mrs. Powell, I thought a cougar was an animal!

When the information hit the GLMA blog that Supt. Barge suggested that Galileo was ‘nice but not necessary’, and did not include funding for Galileo in his budget presentation, my first thought was about what most elementary students cut their research teeth on: animals! So I did a search for cougar in Google and in my results list there was not an animal is sight… at least not the 4-legged ones our 2nd graders are looking for!

This is my letter to Supt. Barge and to my representatives. My example was a direct copy and paste – no editing to illustrate my point. I suspect others may have examples to share also.

“Dear Superintendent Barge,

I received information that in your budget presentation to committees Galileo was not funded. Please, as an elementary school library media specialist let me beg you to reconsider!

 Again and again – as you know – education and educators bear the brunt of budget cuts. Galileo is a tool that provides our entire state with authoritative databases! Do we really and truly want all of our students and citizens to rely on Google or Bing as their authoritative on line tools? They are commercial search engines! The value of Galileo is beyond dollars; losing it is giving carte blanche to all students and citizens to become informed people based on which commercial group pays the most to become first in the search results list!

 In elementary schools animal research is a very common beginning search lesson. I just typed ‘cougar’ into Google and here are my unedited results:

Cougars on the Prowl 

Older Women Seek Young Studs Message & View Profiles Free!

Cougars For Younger Men 

It’s Easy, Join Now for Free and Meet A Cougar in Your Area Tonight.

Cougar Life 

Where Sophisticated Cougars Meet Younger Men. As seen on ABC & NBC

Search Results

Urban Dictionary: cougar 

 7 posts – 7 authors – Last post: Feb 17, 2010

An older woman who frequents clubs in order to score with a much younger man. The cougar can be anyone from an overly surgically altered … – Cached – Similar

Get more discussion results

Cougar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

 The cougar (Puma concolor), also known as puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther, depending on the region, is a mammal of the family …

Cougar (disambiguation) – North American Cougar – Cached – Similar

Age disparity in sexual relationships – Wikipedia, the free … 

 ”New Study Claims No Cougar Trend, Dating Websites Attempt To Show … – Cached – Similar

This is real life in our schools! Is this really where we want to take our elementary students? REALLY?

Without access to authoritative databases this is exactly what will happen. And who knows what will be next in pop culture? While searching for ‘bear’ it’s one thing to guide children between information for bears the mammal and bears the football team, but do I really want to guide them through bear is a common word in gay culture? That is the 2nd hit I get in Google in my search of bears.

Please, please, reconsider this recommendation. Google and Bing are great commercial search engines but they are not expert sources for academic use. As the highest elected proponent of solid education in our state please recognize these valuable tools in education… for the WHOLE STATE!”

Martha Powell

Library Media Specialist, Roswell North Elementary School

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Support The Museum and Library Services Act NOW with This Easy Advocacy Tool

To express your support in just a matter of seconds, use the online submission form housed here to show your support for the Museum and Library Services Act. You can also call (information provided below) to show your support for this act.

from ALA:

The U.S. Senate passed MLSA Reauthorization under unanimous consent late Tuesday night, bringing the bill one step closer to reauthorization before the end of the 111th Congress.Please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your representative’s office.  Tell their staffs that passing S. 3984, the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), is imperative to ensuring libraries can continue providing critical resources to their constituents, particularly in this tough economy.  Specifically highlighting programs or resources your library provides to the member’s constituents will make your message stronger.

MLSA will ensure that the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are secured and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is equipped to lead America’s libraries.  This bill received bipartisan support from both Senate Republicans and Democrats, especially Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who is a longtime supporter of libraries in this country.  Other Senate sponsors of this bill include Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Michael Enzi (R-WY), and Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Jon Tester (D-MT).  To access the full text of this bill, click here.

MLSA has moved to the U.S. House of Representatives where it must receive a vote before the end of the calendar year.  Please call your representative and urge him or her to press House leadership for a vote on the Senate-passed version of MLSA and to support the bill.

Your calls are urgently needed TODAY.  If the House does not pass this legislation in the next two weeks, the whole reauthorization process will have to start over after the first of the year.

GLMA Legislative Update, May 1

Teacher Performance Evaluations Dead

Several attempts to pass Governor Perdue’s statewide teacher evaluation initiative  failed in the final days of the 2010 legislative session.  The Governor’s office and some legislators worked morning, noon, and night to pass the evaluation language by trying to attach it to other bills, a maneuver that would have opened the door to a merit pay system in Georgia.  All attempts failed, due to the persistence of Georgia educators like YOU!

Each time the House voted on education related legislation last night, legislators specifically asked whether or not those bills included the teacher evaluation language.  It was clear they did not want to vote for a bill that would include this initiative!

2011 Budget Passes

The House and Senate finally agreed to a 2011 budget yesterday.  Most of the items we reported earlier this month were unchanged. Highlights include:

  • National Board Certification funds eliminated
  • RESA funds restored – $9.3 million in total funds, including ETC funds of $1.5 million
  • School Nurse funds reduced by $1.6 million – $27.4 in total funds left for the program
  • Testing – funds for SAT prep were eliminated; funds for PSAT and AP exams were reduced to cover free and reduced lunch students only; funds for CRCT tests for grades 1 and 2 were eliminated; funds for the writing assessment for grades 3 and 5 were eliminated; total state and federal funds combined = $27,096,654
  • QBE Program – $7,786,519,286 in total state funds; $140,709,507 in federal recovery funds; total state and federal funds combined = $7,927,228,79

2010 Session Wrap-Up

It will take several days to sort through the bills that made it and the bills that failed.  Watch for our legislative wrap up…coming to you soon!  If you have any questions in the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us.  Until then, stay tuned!

Lasa and Michelle