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The Librotraficante Caravan will travel from Houston, Texas on March 12th to Tucson, Arizona, carrying a payload of contraband books, creating networks of underground libraries and leaving community resources in its wake. One of many responses to Arizona’s unconstitutional laws prohibiting Mexican-American Studies, the Librotraficante Caravan has captured the imagination and hearts of activists, writers, educators, and students from all walks of life who want to preserve freedom of speech.
School librarian off to Zambia to work with street kids
At a time in her life when many parents are helping their older teens get ready for a gap year, Jennifer MacKinnon is taking one herself.
Last week, the 55-year-old Millwood High School librarian headed off to Zambia to volunteer for a year with a special library project aimed at street kids in the African country’s capital, Lusaka.
MacKinnon said in an interview before leaving that she was both excited and afraid. But it’s an adventure that she has been building toward for years.
This is where you come in. Acting in solidarity with OccupyTucson and the students, parents, and teachers of the Tucson Unified School District we are going send copies of the banned texts to Tucson for distribution. Lots of copies. As many copies as we can find and buy. We respect the rights of authors and publishers, so all copies will be completely legally purchased though an independent bookseller or directly from the publisher. Donations of the these texts are, of course, welcomed.
Scholastic needs to pay tax in Tennessee
The activities of Tennessee schools and teachers are sufficient to create Tennessee sales and use tax nexus for a mail-order bookseller that sells books via marketing materials distributed in schools.
Court opinion can be read here.
Students Save School Librarian’s Life
Students at Piper Elementary are being recognized for their life saving efforts. The school held an assembly on Friday to honor Mrs. Ward’s first grade class.
The librarian had an apparent heart attack while the students were using the library a couple of weeks ago.
U.S. House Drafts SKILLS Act to Support School Librarians
Three House lawmakers introduced legislation this week that could strengthen and ensure school librarians' continued role as educators in the nation's K-12 schools.
George Orwell comes to TUSD: Books not banned, just boxed up and out of MAS classrooms
"NONE of the above books have been banned by TUSD. Each book has been boxed and stored as part of the process of suspending the classes. The books listed above were cited in the ruling that found the classes out of compliance with state law."
Here's the backstory: The "Madness" of the Tucson Book Ban: Interview With Mexican American Studies Teacher Curtis Acosta on The Tempest
It's bad enough when a local politician is trying to designate which books a school should or should not buy, but it's even more frightening when he doesn't even know what he's doing.
From the article:
At the beginning of the school year, as the Dysart Unified School District was preparing to buy more than 1,000 novels for its libraries and classrooms, Rep. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, posted to an online message board a list of books he thought the district was considering buying that he found objectionable.
It turned out that Harper had clicked on the wrong link for Follett Library Resources and viewed books from a general list of inventory available through the company, Follett, rather than a specific list created by the district.
More from AZCentral.com.
If you can read this, don't thank a school librarian -- they're too hard to find.
Fewer than 25 percent of California public schools are staffed with a school librarian, according to SFGate. That makes about 900 school librarians across the state, according to Department of Education statistics -- or the lowest ratio of librarians-to-students in the country.
With budgets sliced and diced to balance big statewide deficits in Sacramento, school librarians are often the first to go, according to the report. Schools will try to share librarians between three campuses, or ask parent volunteers to fill in to tell students where the books are kept.
More from NBC Bay Area News.
Certified librarians — those who have two degrees, including one in library sciences — have become somewhat of a rarity in California schools as districts statewide slash their budgets each year by sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars.