On July 11, the FCC narrowly passed the “Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the Program to Modernize E-Rate which translates into $2 billion over the next two years towards WiFi funding in schools and libraries.
After JK Rowling published a new post about Harry Potter as a 34-year-old man visiting the World Quidditch Cup Final with his family in Patagonia on July 8, Daniel Radcliffe not only promised to read it, but said he would not likely be playing Harry Potter again. “We can’t be doing these characters when we’re 40. So there has to be a line drawn.”
On July 11, a big E-Rate vote for Wi-Fi funding for schools and libraries is coming up. The latest FCC proposal states that libraries’ Wi-Fi funding be determined by a space’s square footage—$1 per square foot. With $2 billion at stake, librarians across the country are objecting to this funding formula with claims that it doesn’t serve high-need urban libraries where square footage does not represent the number of visitors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced a new policy that tells parents read to their children from birth in order to help close the achievement gap.
After three years, U.S. World Book Night has announced it will be suspending its operations due to a lack of ongoing funding.
On June 19, the New York State Assembly passed a bill that will allow teachers who have been low-ranked to have their evaluations recalculated without using Common Core test results for 2014-2015.
Listen up, ALA conference attendees, register for the free “Gamify Your Summer Reading Programs: How to Increase Participation and Completion with Wandoo Reader” webinar on June 18 at 1 p.m. ET.
On June 9, the ALA announced the winner of the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity—say that three times quickly—which will go to New Orleans Youth Outreach Librarian Laurence Copel who overcame unrelenting adversity to get the children of the Ninth Ward their much-needed books.
South Carolina recently joined Indiana and Oklahoma as one of the three states that adopted Common Core State Standards—only to repeal them.
Idaho’s Meridian School District Votes to Keep Hold on ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’
On April 2, Idaho’s Meridian County School Board voted 2-1 to continue the hold on Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian keeping the title off the school curriculum’s supplemental book list—and many Meridian educators are not happy about it. Alexie’s book, published by Little Brown, is the #2 most banned book in the country, according to 2012 figures from the American Library Association.
Common Core Flip-Flop: Governor Cuomo Changes Mind About Using Common Core Test Results For Teacher Evaluations
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently said “change is scary,” but New York State Governor Cuomo, once a staunch supporter of rigorous teacher evaluations based on student testing, has changed his position on teachers evaluations based on Common Core testing following protests and pushback.
On April 8, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert ripped into the Common Core State Standards. Melinda Gates, one of Common Core’s biggest proponents, tweeted back her response.
On April 11, a card trick expert—featured last year in the New York Times—will perform for kids at NYC’s Museum of Mathematics’s ‘Family Fridays.’ Held monthly, Time Warner Cable ‘Family Fridays’ at the Museum of Mathematics invites children and families to join mathematical innovators from around the country to experience the fun and engaging aspects of math.
House Bill 2506 is a school finance bill that was narrowly passed by the Kansas state legislature late on April 6, allowing teachers to be terminated without due process. Whether Kansas Governor Brownback will sign the measure remains to be seen.
In honor of National Poetry Month, The Academy of American Poets have launched Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites students in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets, like Juan Felipe Herrera, Arthur Sze, and Anne Waldeman.