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Book Bans in Forsyth County GA Book Bans in Forsyth County GA Schools and Civil Rights Violation Are Civil Rights Violation
The Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education recently released a letter and resolution agreement detailing the outcome of an investigation into civil rights violations at Forsyth County (GA) School District concerning book bans and the hostile climate around the removals.
The New Jersey Association of School Librarians and EveryLibrary Survey Legislative Candidates
Candidates running for seats in the Primary Election for the New Jersey General Assembly and Senate show overwhelming support for school libraries.
The Philadelphia Alliance to Restore School Librarians (PARSL) and EveryLibrary Survey City Council and Mayor Candidates
Volunteers from Philadelphia Alliance to Restore School Librarians (PARSL) conducted a survey to gauge the awareness of running for City Council and Mayor about the current state of school libraries in the Philadelphia School District. The survey aimed to measure candidates' support for school libraries staffed by certified school librarians. Currently, the district has only one full-time librarian for all of its 218 schools, a fact that many Philadelphians are unaware of.
Urgent Action Alert: Montana is Five Votes Short of Defeating HB234
We are sharing an urgent call to action from our colleagues at the Montana Library Association. HB234, a bill that would criminalize educators including school librarians is five votes short of defeat in the Montana House. Please help protect school librarians and educators from criminal prosecution under obscenity laws. The vote is Thursday, February 9. Now is the time.
NJASL Info Literacy Bill Goes to the Governor
It's official. The New Jersey School Library Association's information literacy bill S588 has passed the state Senate and House and moves on to the Governor to sign it into law! This is a banner day for students across New Jersey as these new Info Lit standards - with school librarians at the forefront - begin to be written.
Montana Retained the Ratios
There's great news from our colleagues at the Montana Library Association: The Board of Public Education voted to retain the ratios of school librarians, guidance counselors, and admin staff to students across Montana schools. The proposal before the BPE to make the change was driven more by politics than what was best for the students. This campaign to retain the rations by MLA, the school counselors association, and MFPE, the state union, will ensure that students and their families have the right staffing in every school.
DCPS Needs School Librarians - Pass Students' Right to Read Amendment
We have been supporting school library stakeholders across DC Public Schools in their campaign to see stable and permanent funding for their positions in the budget. It's time for the City Council to pass the Students' Right to Read Amendment and fully fund these positions. EveryLibrary is giving testimony for the fourth time this week to City Council to encourage them to include school librarians in the regular budget.
Montana Retain Educational Excellence Coalition Launches
For the past several months, EveryLibrary has been supporting the Montana Library Association's effort to retain the ratio of school librarians to students through our Save School Librarian digital campaign platform. Now we are very proud to support the launch of the Retain Excellence in Education Coalition, an effort by MLA, the Montana Federation of Public Employees, and the school counselors association to make sure that school librarians, counselors, administrators, and superintendents are at work for every student.
NJASL Info Literacy Bill in Assembly Education Committee
Good news: The New Jersey state Assembly Education Committee is considering A4169 on Thursday, September 22, 2022. School library activists like you have already helped move the NJASL Information Literacy Bill through the state Senate. Can you help this time?