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Mom Says The Glass Castle is Too Far for Freshmen

January 25, 2018
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Mom Says The Glass Castle is Too Far for Freshmen

Mary Jo Little thinks that The Glass Castle is inappropriate reading for ninth graders at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.“There’s rape. There’s assault. There’s drunk driving. It’s just not appropriate in this age group,” Little told Channel 9. The Glass Castle is a popular curriculum choice, but also a frequently contested one. Its bleak descriptions…

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Parent Challenges Harper Lee Classic in Classroom

January 24, 2018
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Parent Challenges Harper Lee Classic in Classroom

To Kill A Mockingbird is under fire again, this time in Wisconsin. Tumjama Kameeta, submitted a request to the Monona Grove School District in Wisconsin, asking administrators to remove To Kill a Mockingbird from the school curriculum, citing, among many infractions, the copious uses of racial slurs. Kameeta wrote a statement to Madison365 explaining why…

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Last Week for Guantanamo Art

January 22, 2018
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Last Week for Guantanamo Art

This week could be your last chance to ever see the art exhibit from Guantanamo Bay detainees, it closes Friday, January 26th.  Since the November shift in policy from the U.S. military, art made by inmates is no longer allowed to leave the base. Even if the artist of the piece is released, the art…

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Can Comics Make You Clever?

January 22, 2018
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Can reading comics make you smarter? Author, Artist, and MacArthur ‘genius‘ Gene Luen Yang knows they can, and he’s just done a new video for BigThink.com to talk about it. From Yang’s experience as an educator, he saw the benefits of kids in his classroom being able to control the rate of new information they were learning.…

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Can You Help Protect the First Amendment?

January 19, 2018
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CBLDF is looking for writers of all stripes, from talented newcomers to experienced journalists, to add to our roster of bloggers. Whether you can commit to an article a week, an article a month, or an article a year, we want your voice! CBLDF is looking for writers to help generate ongoing features and website…

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Cuomo Ditches Flawed Prison Directive

January 16, 2018
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Cuomo Ditches Flawed Prison Directive

On January 12th, 2018, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted he would rescind directive 4911A, which greatly restricted inmates access to books as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. The directive was a pilot program designed to roll out to all state prisons by September 2018, which forced inmates families to use six pre-approved…

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Teaching Dr. King’s Legacy with Award Winning Comics

January 15, 2018
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Teaching Dr. King’s Legacy with Award Winning Comics

As we recognize Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate his legacy today, one way we can explore his contributions to civil rights is by reading comics. Whether you’re a comics fan looking for a way to learn more about Dr. King or a teacher looking for books to use in your classroom, there are graphic novels that…

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One Million Moms Mad at George

January 11, 2018
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One Million Moms Mad at George

One Million Moms, an offshoot of the hate group American Family Association, has decided to take a break from yelling at the TV and turn their collective ire towards that devilish bastion of children’s literacy, Scholastic Inc. They posted a call to action, encouraging their followers to contact Scholastic and ask them to “discontinue publishing…

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Can You Help? ALA Needs Reports on 2017 Censorship

January 10, 2018
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Can You Help? ALA Needs Reports on 2017 Censorship

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) believes that somewhere between 82% – 97% of book challenges go unreported. They are encouraging people with information regarding censorship incidents in 2017 to fill out this online report, which gives the option of anonymous filing for anyone afraid of potential repercussions for reporting these events.…

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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Congressional Art Contest Winner

January 9, 2018
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Congressional Art Contest Winner

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has joined with a diverse group of nonprofits advocating for free expression and the arts in filing an amicus brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief is in support of Missouri representative William Clay and David Pulphus, an artist who is Clay’s constituent, appealing the courts…

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