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April 15, 2014

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No More Due Process for Kansas Teachers?

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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.

Apply for a Grant for Banned Books Week Due April 30

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The Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund is disbursing grants to organizations to assist them stage “Read-Outs” or other events for this year’s Banned Books Week (September 21 – 27).

Berkeley Eighth Graders Raise Over $78K on Kickstarter, Build a School Library

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The eighth-grade students at a charter school in Berkeley, CA, designed and crowd-funded their own school library, complete with student-conceived geometric shelving, furniture, and more.

SLJ’s Average Book Prices 2014

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The numbers you put to work every year are here. See the list of average book prices for 2013 and 2014 to date, produced in partnership with Baker & Taylor.

2014 Library Salary Survey Now Open

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Library Journal editors are excited to be undertaking a broad national survey to gather current data on library-related salaries. If you are a librarian or paralibrarian in any type of library working in the U.S., LJ requests your assistance in gathering compensation trends.

St. Paul to Create 15 New School Library Positions

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In Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools has agreed to more than double the number of school librarians over the next two years, to 25 positions by the fall of 2015.

Tell Us: Have You Gone Out of Pocket for your School Library?

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Have you ever opened your own wallet to buy books for your school library? We asked, and you told us. See the results here.

Education Technology Advocacy Group Releases New E-Rate Guidelines

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As part of ongoing effort to provide schools and libraries tools in assessing and improving connectivity, an education technology advocacy group releases e-rate guideline.

Chicago Public Library to Expand YOUmedia Labs with Additional $2.5 Million

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The Chicago Public Library will open and staff six more YOUmedia teen spaces this summer, along with temporary “pop-ups” in 12 branches, thanks to an additional $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation and $500,000 approved by the Chicago City Council.

Queens Public Library CEO’s Compensation in the Spotlight

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The water surrounding Queens Public Library (QPL) President and CEO Thomas W. Galante just keeps getting hotter. Since the New York Daily News published a story detailing his $392,000 annual salary and the pricey renovations done to his office while QPL branches were suffering staff cuts, Galante has consistently denied any wrongdoing, even while other city officials call on him to step down from the post he has held since 2005.

Massachusetts Parents Fight For School Librarians—And Win

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Parent and school library volunteer Melissa DeFilippi started a district-wide movement in Swampscott, MA, that’s leading to restored librarians in the middle and high school and a new cataloging system for three elementary schools.

New York Libraries Face Five Percent Cut

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New York libraries are facing close to a five percent budget cut with just $81.6 million allocated in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget—down from the $85.62 million granted to libraries last year.

$750 Million ConnectED Pledge Includes $100 Million From O’Reilly Media, Safari Books Online

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O’Reilly Media and Safari Books Online will donate over $100 Million in technology resources to US K-12 schools. The pledge is part of $750 million in new corporate support for President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, along with donations from Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Autodesk.

School Library Advocacy Gains Steam in Missouri District

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In an era when school districts are chopping funds to libraries, Missouri’s Union R-XI School District is looking to break the mold—and give more.

Georgia Teacher Librarians Aim to Strengthen Role as State Revamps Public Schools

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As Georgia pursues a major revamp of its public schools that could allow greater community control over school budgets, the state’s teacher librarians say it’s an ideal opportunity to strengthen the skills of their colleagues and build grassroots support for their changing role in student learning.

AASL, Head Start Praise Federal Budget’s Focus on Early Learning

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The American Association of School Librarians and the National Head Start Association are praising the early learning dollars included in this week’s federal budget. However, both say challenges to funding remain—and the budget comes too late to help the 57,000 children cut off from Head Start last year.

California School Librarians Look to Higher Ed during Advocacy Overhaul

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New data confirming a 1:7,000 ratio of media specialists to students has the California School Library Association rallying for big advocacy. Key to those efforts will be the support of universities, who can help publicize that students’ college readiness is suffering without information literacy experts at every school.

School Libraries May Benefit from Congressional Budget Deal

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The $1.012 trillion spending bill unveiled by House and Senate leaders, if approved, will restore most of the critically needed federal education funding that was dramatically cut during last year’s sequestration. The boon to poorer school districts could ease budget squeezes that have forced the elimination of school librarians.

Free Mackin Ebooks; Qlovi’s Common Core Platform; E-Rate Filing Opens | News Bites

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Here are our latest briefs on a digital publishing mini-MOOC, free Mackin ebook bundles, Qlovi’s Common Core platform, an archived copyright tweetchat, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Philadelphia’s Year of the Bard, the E-Rate filing window, and the NAACP Image Awards.

Bellevue (WA) to Rehire School Librarians

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Washington State’s Bellevue School District is seeking to hire two certified media specialists, to be known as Research Technology Specialists, by this spring and hopes to fully staff more of its secondary schools—whose librarians were cut in 2009—by 2015, District Superintendent Dr. Tim Mills confirms.