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Following is information as promised on HR 6 and S 1513 status.. My Compuserve account and LM_NET were not well matched in Miami.. Now that I am home, here is the report.. From a ALAWO Fact Sheet distributed at ALA conference to the Board of AASL: "The full Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee approved S.1413 on June 15. The bill includes a setaside for school library resources in Title III Part E, Elem and Secondary School Library Media Resources Program. From Part A, Educational Technology for all students, 10 to 20 % of amounts authorized would be set aside for SLM resources. Authorization level for Title III Part A is about $337 million. Senator Mosley-Braun's school and school library facilities bill was added to the bill in the committee. The bill also specifies technology training for school library media specialists. In the House, HR 6 was passed which includes a Title II Part C, Library Media Program, including dedicated funds for school library media programs. Authorization level for Part C are $200 million. The Senate bill will be voted on by the full Senate, possibly the last week in June. Committee staff expect the bill to be finalized prior to the July 4 recess. Then there will be a joint conference between house and senate. Once agreement is reached the bill is reported back to both House and Senate for final action. If approved, the bill is sent to President for signature." House appropriations subcommittee chose to fund some portion of HR 6, but they did not fund the school library resources provisions in HR 6. In the Senate, the Appropriations committee is scheduled to approve the Labor, Health and human Services and Education bill on July 15. The need is for School Library Media Specialists to contact the Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services and education Appropriations sumcommittee and full committee stressing the importance of school library resources and asking for funding in s.1513.. Subcommittee members are: Chair Harkin (D-IA), Byrd (D-WVA); Hollings, Inouye, Dale Bumpers; Harry Reid; Herb Kohl; Patty Murray; Arlen Specter; Mark hatfield; Ted Stevens;Thad Cochran; Slade Gorton; Connie Mack; Christopher Bond.." Please feel free to forward this info to any lists and Senators for their information.. We need support of all affiliates in all organizations to ensure materials for KIDS.. The AASL Board and affiliate assembly will keep library media specialists aware of developments. Feel free to forward to your state NASTEMP members and federal Ch 2 coordinators.. They are also seeking this information at State Dept of Education level.. Charles White, Ct Dept Education; and AASL / AECT member.