#tellEWA Member Stories (November 12-18)
Here's what we're reading by EWA members this week:
Librarians across the country are resisting political pressure to remove schoolbooks by Black and LGBTQ authors. They ignored lawmakers’ requests to compile books, defended their book collection policies; and resigned in protest, explains Nadra Nittle for The 19th.
During the height of the pandemic, the Virginia attorney general sued 150 people who owed years-old tuition and fees to state colleges. Black students were disproportionately represented in the lawsuits, and most students received default judgements against them, reports Megan Pauly for VPM.
Teachers and school staff in New Mexico reimagined a professional development day, opting to take time for themselves and go walking together. They sought to improve morale and mental health among employees, especially for those “hanging by a thread” during the pandemic, William Melhado wrote for The Hechinger Report.
The remaining African American residents of a gentrified North Carolina neighborhood are organizing to buy and preserve a now closed, historically Black school that was put on the market, reports Gwendolyn Glenn for WFAE.
Amid a controversial schoolbook ban, Texas education officials declined to adopt instructional materials on birth control, gender identity and self-harm. School districts may need to determine how to teach middle and high schoolers about topics such as contraception, which was approved a year ago as part of new health curriculum standards, explains Corbett Smith for The Dallas Morning News.
California expanded its state financial aid program, giving grants to an additional 99,000 community college students. Previously, only one out of every eight eligible students received a Cal Grant, reports Jill Replogle for LAist.
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