At the recent Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association’s (WEMTA) annual conference, the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) presented the Wisconsin Department of Instruction with a check for $30,200,000 for school libraries. The money was allocated through the Common Schools Fund, a unique program that provides resources and technology to school library programs across Wisconsin’s 426 districts. The money will be distributed as library aid to all K-12 public school districts in the state and can be used to purchase a wide variety of tools and resources including digital materials and devices for school libraries.
WEMTA Conference participants had the opportunity to stop by the ISTE Advocacy Network booth to have their picture taken with the Common School Fund check. Attendees also sent letters to the U.S. Congress asking for their support for digital learning and school library programs.