The Squeaky Wheel

Sometimes it pays to be a squeaky wheel.

Based on her (and her family’s) review of the unfavorable Terms of Participation in the Scholastic Art & Writing Award program, 8th-grader Sasha Matthews took to the internet to make her case. With more than a passing interest in issues of intellectual property in education, I amplified her story.

And then this happened:


Update! @Scholastic @ArtAndWriting read my story on @BoingBoing and emailed to tell me they plan on revising their terms before next year’s contest in September. They haven’t said yet what they’re going to change. Hope they keep us involved!

— Rumble Comics (@RumbleComics) February 16, 2018

I reached out to the awards program organizers to confirm the news, and Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, offered the following public statement in response:

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