Fabulous news! Thanks to the efforts of a lot of dedicated people, including our very own news literacy ambassador K.C. Boyd in D.C., an amendment was presented by Councilmember Lewis-George to restore and fund school library positions in the District of Columbia Public School System. The amendment was unanimously passed by all members of the council!
"This year every DCPS student can have a librarian at their school to help them bounce back from the pandemic. Thanks to my colleagues and all the students, parents, educators, community members and @DCSBOE who made it clear that #LibrariansAreEssential!"
-- Councilmember Janeese Lewis George
All positions that were closed will be reopened, funded and staffed for this fall. Parents and advocates joined The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, EveryLibrary and the American Library Association with sending letters of opposition to Mayor Bowser, Deputy Mayor of Education Kihn, and Chancellor Ferebee. Now, black and brown children in Wards 7 & 8 across the Anacostia River will receive equity in service from a certified school librarian.
For a series of heartfelt tweets, take a look at the hashtag #DCPSHasLibrarians.