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Books Build Children May 28, 2015 – Posted in: public school libraries, Reading / Literacy

Created earlier this year by Dentsu Tokyo for the Yokohama City Board of Education, the “Books to build children” ad campaign hopes to recruit librarians to work in elementary school libraries. Funny how we have to fight tooth and nail to keep our elementary school libraries open while other countries are actually in need of, and desire, real-life school librarians to help spread the joy of reading. Previously on Book Patrol: Latest study confirms that…

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Latest study confirms that school libraries positively impact student test scores  May 15, 2015 – Posted in: Content, infographics, public school libraries, Reading / Literacy

Well what do you know –  another study, this this time from the South Carolina Association of School Librarians, confirms once again that schools with vibrant libraries and librarians make a difference.  A big difference. Test scores and reading levels are higher and the chance of long-term academic success is greatly improved when a school boasts a healthy library. The evidence continues to mount yet schools all over this land are still struggling to even have a library.  It wasn’t…

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On the Education Front: Charter school fail, the end of the road for Corinthian Colleges, kindergarten homework with ads April 29, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Video

A new report by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) has found that financial fraud, waste, and mismanagement by charter schools has already cost taxpayers more than $200 million. The report, which focused on only 15 states!, shows a complete lack of transparency within the charter school universe and a complete lack of oversight on the federal level. “Charter schools act like they have a ‘get out…

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American Education Week Salutes Public Schools November 19, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

  NEA President Lily Eskelsen García attends Mrs. Wesby’s 1st grade class at Shwab Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn., on November 17, 2104  Happy American Education Week!   This year’s theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility” and “presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.”       How it…

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Move over floating libraries here comes a floating school September 8, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy

During the monsoon season in Bangladesh it is almost impossible to get around. Every year from late June to October one third of the country goes underwater! Consequently, flooding is “the main reason for school drop outs in rural Bangladesh” says Mosammat Reba Khatun.  For the last ten years Mosammat has been the teacher on a floating school on the Gumani river in northwest Bangladesh.  She teaches 90 students, mostly girls, Bengali, Maths and English. The school collects children…

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