Advocating for Library Media Programs, Staffing, and Funding

Do you know both the legislators who represent you personally as well as those who represent the families whose children you teach? A new website - https://openstates.org/ - provides direction and links on who represents a specific address. If you are interested in receiving information on legislative updates and potentially participating in advocacy when needed, please send an email with your name, school, and school district (plus RESA district if known) to gaschoollibraryadvocacy@gmail.com

 

Personal interaction with legislators, whether by email or phone, or face-to-face, with stories specific to your school’s situation is most effective.  Especially with so many new members in the legislature this session, laying the groundwork with yours now may improve responsiveness later. Please review the lists of committee members below to see if you recognize any names or towns; linking to their biographies on the General Assembly website may also provide valuable information on their backgrounds, affiliations, and interests. 

 

If you are interested in meeting legislators face to face, GLMA members will visit the Capitol on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, to advocate for our library media programs. If you plan to attend, have questions regarding advocating for Georgia school library programs, have a story to share, and/or would like to join the GLMA Advocacy Committee, please contact Nan Brown at nantbrown@gmail.com.

 

Please also begin to consider how your library funding and staffing may have changed over the past several years.  Having this information at hand if changes are proposed in the session (or another education funding study commission is formed) may be very helpful.  State School Superintendent Richard Woods will also be speaking at GLMA Summer Institute in June; specific information on funding and staffing challenges our library programs face will be useful then as well.

 

Committees for this session (bitly links to General Assembly site for further details on each member)

2019 Senate Education & Youth Committee

( http://bit.ly/GASenateEdComm2019 )

Sen. P.K. Martin (Lawrenceville), Chairman,

Sen. John Wilkinson (Toccoa), Vice Chairman *

Sen. Freddie Powell Sims (Dawson), Secretary *

Sen. Ellis Black (Valdosta)

Sen. Greg Dolezal (Cumming)

Sen. Lester Jackson (Savannah)

Sen. Donzella James (Atlanta)

Sen. Elena Parent (Atlanta)

Sen. Jesse Stone (Waynesboro) *

Sen. Matt Brass (Newnan), Ex-Officio

Sen. Lindsey Tippins (Marietta), Ex-Officio *

2019 House Education Committee

(http://bit.ly/GAHouseEdComm2019 )

Jasperse, Rick (Jasper), Chairman

Cheokas, Mike (Americus), Vice Chairman

Benton, Tommy (Jefferson), Secretary

Belton, Dave (Buckhead)

Cantrell, Wes (Woodstock) *

Carter, Doreen (Lithonia)

Dickerson, Pam (Conyers)

England, Terry (Auburn)

Erwin, Chris (Homer)

Evans, Becky (Atlanta)

Glanton, Mike (Jonesboro) *

Hill, Dewayne (Ringgold)

Howard, Henry "Wayne" (Augusta)

Jones, Jan (Milton) *

Jones, Todd (Cumming) *

LaRiccia, Dominic (Douglas)

Lopez Romero, Brenda (Norcross)

Nguyen, Bee (Atlanta)

Nix, Randy (LaGrange) *

Paris, Miriam (Macon)

Setzler, Ed (Acworth)

Stovall, Valencia (Forest Park) *

Tanner, Kevin (Dawsonville) *

Wilson, Matthew (Brookhaven)

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