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LA County to Offer Free Mental Telehealth Services for All Students (opens in a new window)

K-12 Dive

February 03, 2023

Los Angeles County on Thursday announced it will offer its nearly 80 school districts the option to participate in a free mental telehealth service for the region’s 1.3 million school students. Los Angeles Unified School District and Compton Unified School District have already opted into the program, which will deploy in a phased approach for all districts in the county that participate. 

5 YA Books This Winter Dealing With Identity and Overcoming Hardships (opens in a new window)


February 03, 2023

Winter can be a good time for reading thoughtful books. It’s like the pale daylight and early darkness create a space for stories — in particular for stories that ask the reader to mull over themes and ideas that can sometimes be difficult. It’s a time that allows for reading deeply, giving things proper consideration — and sitting with the feelings that can create. With that in mind, here are five new YA books out this winter that will reward such reading.

6 Middle Grade & YA Novels on Repeat for Groundhog Day (opens in a new window)

School Library Journal

January 27, 2023

In recent years, Groundhog Day, celebrated on February 2, has become synonymous with the film where a weatherman finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over. Here are a few middle grade and YA titles to pass along to young readers interested in time loops. If they love them, they can read them over and over.

Youngkin Says Va. Law Should Require Schools to Inform Students of Awards (opens in a new window)

Washington Post

January 20, 2023

Virginia schools would be required to notify students when they receive awards under legislation proposed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), his latest response to certain schools’ failure to do so.

The legislation comes after several Northern Virginia high schools acknowledged that they were months late in telling students they had been named “commended students” by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which recognizes the highest scorers on a national standardized test.

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.