The bill passed the Senate last session, but did not move out of the House Appropriations committee. No action has been taken yet for this session.
• Directs each school district to adopt or amend a policy that acknowledges the requirement that each school board provide every student with access to school library information and technology programs.
• Requires each school district to adopt or amend procedures that describe how students can access school library information and technology resources and materials.
• Requires every school board to provide resources and materials for the operation of a school library information and technology program ensuring every student has access to such a program.
• States that the Superintendent of Public Instruction will provide data, information, best practices, and other assistance to help facilitate implementation of this act.
• Allows a school district that has a student enrollment of less than 2000 pupils to staff a school library information and technology program with a noncertificated staff member if the district has made all reasonable efforts to staff the program with a certificated teacher-librarian.
• Authorizes and encourages a school district in those instances to partner with a nonprofit or government entity to provide staffing services, including, but not limited to, a library or regional library, or an institution of higher education.
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Check The Schedule
Check the legislative website to know when a bill is scheduled to be heard. Be advised, schedules can change quickly, especially in the final days of a legislative session. You can also contact the legislative staff of the bill's prime sponsor to get an idea of when the bill might be heard in committee for public comment.
Know the Process and Players
Before testifying, know who is sponsoring the bill, who supports or opposes the bill and why. Be familiar with the committee chairs, committee members, and legislative staff. You may also let the sponsor of the bill or key legislators know beforehand you are testifying on the bill, especially if you are representing a group or organization. They may have specific points they want you to focus on.
Know the Purpose of Your Testimony
Understand why you are testifying. Are you there to persuade, dissuade, provide expertise, or delay action on a bill? Know how to separate out the important points of your testimony to ensure they are heard. Personal stories are a good way to illustrate your testimony and can make the biggest impact on committee members.
Essential Components of Your Testimony
Build Strategic Coalitions with "Likely Voters"
Do Your Research
Schedule Your Meeting
Be Polite, Professional and On Time
Introduce Yourself as a Constituent Who Votes
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