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3 Reasons Why Seattle Schools Are Suing Big Tech Over a Youth Mental Health Crisis (opens in a new window)


January 18, 2023

Worries about social media’s effect on hardwired kids are coming from all corners. Seattle Public Schools on Friday filed a 91-page lawsuit against the companies behind TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube in a federal district court.

The public school district alleges that students are being recommended harmful content online, exacerbating a mental health crisis, and social media companies are allowing it to happen.

Brooklyn Public Library and Pen America Teaming Up to Train High School Students to Defend Against Book Bans, Promote the Freedom to Read (opens in a new window)

Pen America

January 13, 2023

PEN America and Brooklyn Public Library are teaming up to co-host the first-ever Freedom to Read Advocacy Institute for the spring 2023 semester. This free online four-week training program for high school students will prepare and certify the next generation of free expression advocates to combat book banning and fight for the freedom to read in their schools, libraries, and communities across the country. Applications are due January 19. There is no cost to apply, and the program is free.

We Need Diverse Books Announces 2023 Walter Dean Myers Award Winners (opens in a new window)

School Library Journal

January 13, 2023

We Need Diverse Books has announced the winners and honor titles for their annual Walter Dean Myers Awards. Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers, illustrated by Jeff Edwards, won in the teen category. Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy, illustrated by Janelle Washington, won the younger readers category.

Va. Attorney General Will Probe Thomas Jefferson High Admissions, Merit Awards (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

January 13, 2023

Virginia’s Attorney General Jason S. Miyares said he will launch an investigation into allegations of racial discrimination at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Miyares announced following claims from a group of parents that the school withheld notifications this fall from students whom the National Merit Scholarship Corp. named “commended students,” a distinction given to the nation’s high scorers on standardized tests. 

L.A. Students and Their Parents to Get Unique Road Map to Improve Academic Weaknesses (opens in a new window)

LA Times

January 13, 2023

Los Angeles schools Supt. Alberto Carvalho has announced a plan to create a unique progress report for every student. The proposed Individual Acceleration Plans, or IAPs, would affect all students in the nation’s second-largest school district and provide parents with a clear explanation of how their children are doing in school. His plan also calls for “late buses” so children can stay after school for tutoring and get a ride directly to their homes; efforts to improve learning and make up ground lost during the pandemic.

Do School Districts Allocate More Resources to Economically Disadvantaged Students? (opens in a new window)


December 19, 2022

Policymakers across local, state, and federal governments regularly make decisions about how to allocate resources to U.S. public schools. For students, these decisions matter. For decades, advocates and researchers have raised alarms about inequities in resource allocation and pushed for reforms to the country’s school finance systems. These inequities have roots in the complex, decentralized ways in which public schools are funded. 

Multitude of Stories: 13 Native Anthologies for Middle Grade Readers (opens in a new window)

School Library Journal

November 10, 2022

Gathered from northernmost Canada to the Mayan of Central America, these works are only a selection of the stories that exist within the Native community. They take place in the past, but also the future, to emphasize that Native peoples have been, are still, and will always be an active and indelible part our complex story.