Williamson County Colleges has briefly eliminated entry to a digital library used each day by elementary college academics and college students.
In a message despatched to households and media on Thursday, the district mentioned the transfer was in response to issues surrounding a e book titled “An ABC of Equality” and “others with comparable matters” on the app referred to as Epic!
On the Epic! website, “An ABC of Equality” by Chana Ginelle Ewing is described as a e book that “introduces sophisticated ideas surrounding social justice to the youngest of kids.”
Publisher’s Weekly recommends the e book for ages as much as 5 years previous, writing that the “visually interesting introduction to social justice and equality defines fundamental phrases resembling distinction and kindness together with summary ideas resembling class and privilege.”
Since eradicating the app, WCS workers has carried out a “preliminary assessment” and “haven’t discovered any content material that must be blocked for all college students,” however will proceed a bigger assessment of the app — which homes over 40,000 books — that WCS hopes to finish subsequent week.
On Thursday, WCS board member Jay Galbreath responded to posts on Twitter made by pissed off neighborhood members, saying he and “different board members” forwarded messages of concern and screenshots to administration who “unilaterally made (the) resolution.”
The district mentioned Epic! has been utilized in instruction “the previous few years.”
The district informed households that as a result of just lately handed laws “Age Applicable Supplies Act of 2022,” the district is working to figuring out whether or not Epic! and different apps meets necessities set forth by the laws.
The laws would require public college libraries to publish a record of supplies of their collections and periodically assessment them to verify they’re “applicable for the age and maturity ranges of the scholars who might entry the supplies.”
Anika Exum is a reporter overlaying Williamson County at The Tennessean, a part of the USA Right now Community — Tennessee. Attain her at email@example.com, 615-347-7313 or on Twitter @aniexum.
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