We just completed a great GLMA Summer Institute at Callaway Gardens yesterday; thanks to Susan Grigsby for coordinating it all and to everyone who presented (or helped with the logistics).
During the Institute, Judy Serritella, Coordinator of Library Media Services for the Georgia DOE, gave an update on GALILEO funding. THANKS to your efforts (with those of the public and academic librarians in the state) not only was the funding maintained for this year, but some additional monies were added. ProQuest agreed to reinstate SIRS for the amount added, so all schools will have SIRS access again next year!
Again, THANKS for all the contacts you made in the “Save GALILEO” effort this winter. Now we need you to take just a moment and write another e-mail – to thank those legislators you contacted for their support of GALILEO and request their continued acknowledgment of the tremendous value of this resource. Please do contact your local legislator – who’s likely getting fewer e-mails since the General Assembly’s not in session – but also please send a similar note to the members of the House and Senate Education Committees. (I’ve listed their names and e-mail addresses at the end of this e-mail.)
The second update is on the State Education Finance Study Commission (established by HB 192), charged with evaluating education funding at the state level, which has potential for great impact on media centers. We will seek to have representation on ad hoc committees as provided in the law to provide input on funding needs for our programs. The first commission meeting will be held on June 30, 2011; the law calls for interim recommendations to be completed by September 30, 2011, and for completion of proposed legislation for interim recommendations by December 31, 2011. If you are interested and able to attend on Thursday, June 30th, please contact me or Michelle Crider (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can coordinate our efforts. Having a number of media specialists who make the effort during the summer to attend this initial meeting should help us in our effort to get a seat on one of the ad hoc committees, so please consider attending for some part of the day!
Advocacy Chair, GLMA
Excerpts from HB 192:
20-2-331 (c) The commission may engage additional ad hoc nonvoting members as needed to address certain issues in subcommittee. This may include, but not be limited to, input from various personnel experienced in the Quality Basic Education Formula, such as counselors,? media specialists, ?.
20-2-332 (1) (d) (D) Review other areas within the QBE Act that relate to or impact school funding, such as maximum class sizes and expenditure controls, and whether local school systems should continue to be given flexibility in these areas (expenditure controls include our media materials allotments…)
Senate Appropriations Education Subcommittee Members:
Sen. Bill Heath, Chair email@example.com
Sen. Tommie Williams, Vice Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. John Bulloch email@example.com
Sen. Jack Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Chip Rogers email@example.com
Sen. Horacena Tate firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Jack Hill, Senate Appropriations Chair email@example.com
Sen. Fran Millar, Senate Education Committee Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
House Appropriations Education Subcommittee Members:
Rep. Tom Dickson, Chair email@example.com
Rep. Rick Austin, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Amos Amerson email@example.com
Rep. Kathy Ashe firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Amy Carter email@example.com
Rep. David Casas firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Brooks Coleman email@example.com
Rep. Jan Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Margaret Kaiser email@example.com
Rep. Howard Maxwell firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jay Neal email@example.com
Rep. Terry England, House Appropriations Chair firstname.lastname@example.org