Pennsylvania’s Pennridge School District’s budget was passed in June—and it has eliminated an elementary school library position,
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The recent surge of interest in reconfiguring school library spaces offers tremendous opportunity to spotlight the potential of school libraries.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Detroit Achievement Academy in Michigan announced that it is naming its library in Ellen DeGeneres’s honor because of her philanthropic work and advocacy for its students. Only in its first year of existence, the charter school and its 28-year-old cofounder, Kyle Smitley, were featured as part of the “Inspirational Story” segment on The Ellen Show.
A majority of fourth graders in the United States are still not reading proficiently, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The data show that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading at grade level.
Middle school students in Reading, PA, are protesting what they see as unjust scrutiny of their classroom libraries—using their own voices even as teachers express reservations about speaking out.
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.
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.
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.
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.