Senator Cochran’s Amendment in Education Reform Unanimously Approved

School libraries in Mississippi are one step closer in receiving federal funds to improve their system.
News 25’s Laurene Callander has the details.
Many school leaders are calling it a step in the right direction, the U.S. Senate unanimously approving Senator Thad Cochran’s effort to improve and modernize school libraries using federal funds.
This amendment was added to the “Every Child Achieves Act”, a bill re-authorizing and reforming federal K-12 education policy, essentially doing away with “No Child Left Behind.”
Superintendent of the Pascagoula and Gautier School District Wayne Rodolfich said, “Right now, literacy is a huge part of what we’re doing in schools. There’s such a push for it especially with the 3rd grade reading gate in place, so the younger we can impact children with reading the better it is for the children and the future of this country.”
These federal funds are not only going to improve libraries by hiring trained librarians but also going to modernize them by adding media centers for the kids to use.
Anthony Lohfink, a parent of children in Moss Point School System, said, “I think it’s great, it’s wonderful. I think there’s nothing more important than kids reading and higher education.”
In today’s tech age, some may think libraries are a dwindling business, but they’re plugging in as well. Improvements and media centers help students learn, while having fun.
Rodolfich said, “We took our youngest children, who are all under the age of four, I have three of them. They all have library cards now and there are a lot of fun things to do in libraries, a lot of places to interact in different ways. So, I think it’s really cool that they’re trying to focus the energy of communities back to the libraries.”

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