INFOhio Needs Your Help! Retain Digital Content Funding in HB49!
In the proposed biennium budget (FY18-19), the $1.1 million funding INFOhio lost two years ago has been restored by the Ohio House. We need to continue to work to make sure the funding in H.B. 49, line #130413 stays in place as it moves through the Senate.
As long as the restored funding in H.B. 49 stays in place, INFOhio will be able to fund BookFlix, Storia, World Book, Science Online, Ancestry Library Edition, and all of the EBSCO databases. If the funding is retained through the Senate, students and teachers will maintain key tools that positively impact the third grade reading guarantee, new state standards, and college and career readiness. We need your continued help and support! Please call your state senator and ask them to sustain the House passed version of H.B. 49 line #130413 which restores the funding to $2.5 million.
How does this impact my school district financially? Use the Resource Cost Calculator below to find out.
What happened? In FY16-17, INFOhio's digital content budget was slashed by $1.1 million. INFOhio could no longer pay our share of the Libraries Connect Ohio agreement. As a result, all libraries—academic, public, and school—lost access to LearningExpress Library. Other organizations stepped in to make sure that no additional resources would be lost. Since then, INFOhio and members of the PreK-12 community have been advocating to have that funding restored.
What’s the impact? Unfortunately, in the proposed FY18-19 budget, that $1.1 million funding, which goes directly for digital content to all Ohio schools, was not restored. The organizations that made up our shortfall last time have made it clear: they cannot afford to do it again. Unless the funding is restored, all INFOhio resources—including BookFlix, Storia, and all the databases in the LCO collection—are at risk.
How can you help? Share how INFOhio works for you in 3 easy steps!
1. Update your administrators! Contact your district administrators and let them know that your district could be losing these valuable resources. Let them know how the loss will impact student learning.
2. Contact your legislators! Call and send letters to your state representative and state senator, asking them to keep INFOhio’s funding in place in H.B. 49, line 130413. Find your legislators' contact information using the box on this page. and be sure the include the following language: "We are asking for your support to sustain the funding for INFOhio in the House passed version of H.B. 49 line #130413 which restores the funding to $2.5 million."
Add your own examples and stories of how INFOhio resources benefit your students to these message starters:
- My students and I depend on INFOhio’s ISearch to find high-quality, academic resources that aren't freely available on the web...
- My students need Points of View Reference Center (or Literary Reference Center) from INFOhio to develop research skills needed for college and career success...
- My beginning readers use BookFlix (or Early World of Learning or World Book Kids) from INFOhio to learn fundamental literacy skills and make reading fun...
- My students and I need Science Online through INFOhio to find interactive experiments and science videos that help explain difficult science concepts visually...
- My students rely on INFOhio’s digital resources and tools to develop the skills they need to take online tests...
- I depend on the lesson plans and activity guides offered through INFOhio to make sure our students meet standards...
- Close you message with: This is how #INFOhioWorks for me.
3. Organize others to contact their legislators! Ask teachers, students, and parents to send positive messages to their state representatives and state senators.
Take a look at the numbers and see how #INFOhioWorks for all Ohio students and educators.
INFOhio, Ohio’s PreK-12 digital library, provides free access to digital educational content to all Ohio PreK-12 schools—public, nonpublic, community, career tech, e-school, and home schools—serving 1.9 million students, their families, and their teachers. INFOhio is a contributing partner to Libraries Connect Ohio, which provides a core collection of information resources and library services that help all Ohioans compete in the global knowledge economy.