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Dear Colleagues,

As always, thank you for all you do for the students of New York State.


MaryEllen Elia
rtrState Library's Early Literacy Ready To Read Program Reaches Over 440 Public Libraries Across New York
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This week, the New York State Library announced that its early literacy Ready to Read at New York Libraries program has reached 444 public libraries since the program's inception in 2014, serving young children and families throughout the state. Annual participation in early literacy library programs grew from 1.98 million children and caregivers in 2012 to more than 2.4 million over three years.

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and Commissioner MaryEllen Elia both advocated for continued federal funding of this critical program that serves New York's youngest children in communities across the state.

For more information, see our news release about the Ready to Read Program.
dasaGuidance on Rights of Immigrant Students and Dignity for All Students Act Now Available in 20 Languages
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Recently issued guidance on the Dignity for All Students Act ( DASA) and on the rights of immigrant students is now available in the top  20 languages spoken in New York State. In response to a rising number of reports on bullying, discrimination, and harassment across the country, and the fear and confusion resulting from recent federal actions, NYSED, in partnership with the State Attorney General's office, provided guidance to school districts on these important topics. Now parents, guardians, and other interested individuals have expanded access to this critical guidance.

For information on this guidance and for access to the newly translated documents, please see our news release about the guidance on the rights of immigrant students.
museumState Museum Adds New Artwork to Contemporary Native American Art Collection
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Eight new artworks have been added to the State Museum's contemporary Native American art collection.

Building on an initiative launched in 1986 and now numbering more than 150 objects, the contemporary Native American art collection consists of modern artwork that speaks to issues relevant to Native American communities and all communities in New York.

The contemporary Native American art collection is part of the Museum's Ethnology collection; the new artworks will significantly contribute to future exhibitions, educational programming, and research publications.