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October 23, 2014

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CO Students Protest Proposed Changes to ‘Censor’ AP History

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Students from Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado rallied against the school board’s review committee, on October 11, as the board moves forward to review, and possibly remove, material from the AP U.S. History curriculum.

Two Virginia Educators Offer Best Practices for ‘Teaching in the Cloud’

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Two librarians from Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools share the growing success of their district’s “school-in-the-cloud,” and how school librarians can lead and support this virtual teaching model.

State Orders New York City to Comply with Mandate for Secondary School Librarians

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A ruling by New York State Education Commissioner John King in response to an appeal filed by the United Federation of Teachers means the NYC DOE has to address the staffing gap in the 2014−2015 school year—and in the best case scenario—could result in hundreds of new positions.

Arapahoe High School Unveils New Library and Park

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Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado, rebuilds its library and gets a new outdoor commons, after a tragic high school shooting last December.

Two Second Graders Pitch to Restore School Library on Indiegogo

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Seven-year-olds, Josephine Sinclair and Sarai Williams, of Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, California, hope to raise $20,000 to restore their school library using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

Ferguson Public Library Offers Lessons for Students in Limbo

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Missouri’s Ferguson Public Library has gone out of its way to be a refuge of peace and calm during the the tumult following the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, and teachers—and retired teachers—offer lessons at the library during the ongoing district closure.

Understanding Ferguson: Resources on Protest, Nonviolent Resistance, and Civil Rights

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Books and resources on the history of the Civil Rights movement, nonviolent resistance, the Rodney King legacy, the history of racial tensions between citizens and police, and more.

Following Shooting and Protests, Ferguson-Florissant School District Postpones First Day of School

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Following the ongoing community unrest and protests in Ferguson, Missouri after 18-year-old unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot by a Ferguson policeman, the Ferguson-Florissant School District has changed its first day of school from August 14 to August 18.

Pennridge School District Loses Elementary School Librarian

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Pennsylvania’s Pennridge School District’s budget was passed in June—and it has eliminated an elementary school library position.

LAUSD Passes Record $6.6 Billion Budget, Expected to Hire 15 New Librarians

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Los Angeles Public School District (LAUSD) recently passed a $6.64 billion dollar budget, the largest budget since LAUSD’s 2008 slashing of jobs, services, and programs. The budget is anticipated to not only restore school library services to every elementary and middle school, but also “more than double the number of new teachers to 1,200, increase librarians, nurses, and counselors, reduce class sizes, increase tutoring, and improve parent education efforts.”

Constructing a Digital School Library Collection in the “Race to the Top” | Tech Tidbits

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Colorado school librarian Phil Goerner shares how his team will be initiating a Learning Technology Plan to create a digital district library using funds received from a Race to the Top grant.

U.S. High School Graduation Rate Reaches 80 Percent for the First Time

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The high school graduation rate for the class of 2012 was 80 percent in the United States—the highest in the history of the country and a one percentage point gain over last year, the National Center for Education Statistics reports.

California’s Modesto City Schools To End Library Instruction for Elementary Schools

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Modesto City Schools (MCS) is set to end all library instruction for its elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year—while keeping the school library open with library assistants.

School Librarians Get No Love in Allentown School District

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Once staffed with 13 elementary school librarians and four middle school librarians, today Allentown (PA) School District now has one district elementary school librarian serving all 15 elementary schools and two middle school librarians split among four middle schools.

School Library Redesigns are Advocacy Opportunities | Project Advocacy

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The recent surge of interest in reconfiguring school library spaces offers tremendous opportunity to spotlight the potential of school libraries.

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World Book Night and Social Media Strategies for School Librarians

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Both school and public libraries in Virginia’s Loudoun County turned to social media to jointly promote World Book Night on April 23, and Loudoun County middle school librarian Lauren McBride reports on how school librarians can use similar social media strategies for their own marketing and relationship-building.

Thanks to NBA Star LeBron James, Akron Public Schools Has One of the Largest E-Libraries in Country

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With a generous $100,000 donation from the LeBron James Family Foundation, the students of Akron Public Schools now have access to one of the largest e-libraries in the country.

8,000 Schools to Join ‘Day of Silence’ on April 11, Protesting LGBTQ Student Harassment

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Hundreds of thousands of students will take a vow of silence on Friday, April 11, to raise awareness of the silencing impact of bullying, name calling, and harassment of LGBTQ youth in schools.

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.

With “GeniusCon” Project, Students Connect and Problem Solve

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If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be, and how would you do it? Teacher librarians Sherry Gick and Matthew Winner are asking students this very question with a collaborative, student-driven initiative they’re calling GeniusCon.