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Schools continue to grapple with 'Huckleberry Finn'

Today, Mark Twain's classic - about a boy who flees his abusive father and travels down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave - is still sometimes challenged in American schools, but for nearly the opposite reason: its liberal use of the N-word and perceived racist portrayals of black characters.

This week, a Montgomery County school removed Huckleberry Finn from its curriculum after a group of students said the book made them uncomfortable.

From Schools continue to grapple with 'Huckleberry Finn'

Hundreds From DuSable Campus Stage Sit-In To Keep Library Open

At least 200 students from the DuSable Campus walked out of class Friday as part of a demonstration to bring back their librarian and stop the library from closing.

From Hundreds From DuSable Campus Stage Sit-In To Keep Library Open - Bronzeville - DNAinfo.com Chicago

ESEA, School Librarians, and What Comes Next

EveryLibrary is excited to hear the news from the American Library Association​ Washington Office that ESEA reauthorization – with school library programs in the bill  – has passed the Senate and is going to the President for his signature. This reauthorization replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and is now called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is a significant and important reset of national education policy and funding options for school library programs, and therefore for school librarians because we’re written into the law again. NCLB was a disaster for school libraries and librarians. We’ve lost thousands of colleagues in K-12 and we’ve seen school libraries close around the country because they were not specifically included in NCLB.

From ESEA, School Librarians, and What Comes Next | EveryLibrary

It's elementary: Classrooms need libraries

Yesterday, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite and 30 other leaders gathered at Clara Barton Elementary to launch a $3.5 million fundraising campaign aimed at placing libraries in every Philadelphia School District elementary classroom.

The need is great, especially in a system where few whole-school libraries remain, and fewer than a dozen librarians remain on staff citywide.

From It's elementary: Classrooms need libraries

4 Future Trends You Are Bound to See in K-12 School Libraries

Modern K-12 public libraries will offer intensely engaging learning environments to all students. How they will go about doing this is less certain, but the principal trends are readily identified in various research efforts.

This post will paint a picture of what the libraries of the future will look like and how they will support students, teachers, administrators, and even parents. Here are four trends you will soon see in K-12 school libraries.

From 4 Future Trends You Are Bound to See in K-12 School Libraries | The Edvocate

Elementary parents notified of gay character in children's book

Rockford Public Schools notified its elementary parents that a book that will be available at its upcoming Scholastic Book Fair includes a gay character, according to Superintendent Michael Shibler.

From Elementary parents notified of gay character in children's book | MLive.com

Newest "Captain Underpants" banned from MI book fair

Parents who want their children to have the latest Captain Underpants novel can either mail an order to Scholastic or purchase the book online.

“I support the decision of the parent group and the principal for handling it this way,” said Martin in calling the move “appropriate.”

Martin said this was not an attempt to censor what books are available. Instead, it was an effort to ensure that parents are involved in what might be viewed as a controversial topic for their kids.

From Newest "Captain Underpants" banned from local book fair - WXYZ.com

‘Thanks Obama - that was my idea’

A Cwmgwili library manager has offered his tongue-in-cheek thanks to Barack Obama after the US President appeared to steal his idea.

Steve Jeacock, Labour’s Carmarthen East and Dinefwr candidate for next year’s Assembly elections, instigated a scheme in Killay to ensure every primary school child in the area was made a member of the library.

The scheme won the Gold Award at the Welsh Libraries Marketing Awards and was adopted by the Welsh Government as a pilot project two years ago under the title, Every Child a Library Member.

From ‘Thanks Obama – that was my idea’ (From South Wales Guardian)

School Libraries Are Under Attack

Yet, until now, federal education policy and legislation have neglected to support the role of school librarians. That needs to change. We need a national agenda and our elected officials to take a stand and ensure equity of library services and certified school librarians to teach the next generation to find and apply information to solve problems, think critically, and develop innovations.

From School Libraries Are Under Attack | The New Republic

Gay-themed children's book challenged in North Carolina school

One grandparent, Lisa Baptist, said the book is inappropriate for young students. "I've been called a racist. I’ve been called a bigot, and I am none of those things," she said. "This is nothing more than bringing homosexuality into a school where it does not belong."

From Gay-themed children's book challenged in North Carolina school - LA Times

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