Education

In Their Own Words – Presidential Edition

February 19, 2018
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In Their Own Words – Presidential Edition

“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the…

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Wisconsin School District Stands By Mockingbird

February 16, 2018
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Wisconsin School District Stands By Mockingbird

  A committee formed to review the challenge on To Kill a Mockingbird in Monona Grove school district, voted 4-1 to recommend retaining the classic. The book was challenged by a concerned parent who felt the work was not so seminal as to overlook the 48 racial slurs, and outdated white savior narrative. Romar Nelson,…

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South Dakota Backs Off Anti-Trans Education Bill

February 16, 2018
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South Dakota Backs Off Anti-Trans Education Bill

South Dakota Senator Phil Jensen (R) changed his mind about making history with the first bill to ban discussion of gender identity and gender expression in K-7 classrooms throughout the state. Jensen originally proposed SB 160 because he felt gender was not appropriate for anyone below eighth grade to discuss and those students should instead focus…

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Comic Book Fans & Librarians Needed! For Science!

February 16, 2018
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Comic Book Fans & Librarians Needed! For Science!

Ensuring the freedom to read starts with ensuring the best access to books possible. With that in mind, graduate students at University of Washington iSchool have put together a quick survey to improve how we find comic books in libraries. Our library system is amazing, but together we can make it even better. Are you a librarian…

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South Dakota Bill Would Ban Transgender Discussion with Students

February 14, 2018
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South Dakota Bill Would Ban Transgender Discussion with Students

South Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit gender identity from being discussed in elementary and middle school classrooms. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Phil Jensen (R) thinks that gender issues are not age appropriate, and wants children to focus on “reading, writing, and arithmetic.” The bill, SB 160, would be the first in…

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Retailers: CBLDF Defender Vol. 1 #3, Featuring JORDIE BELLAIRE, FOCs TODAY!

February 12, 2018
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Retailers: CBLDF Defender Vol. 1 #3, Featuring JORDIE BELLAIRE, FOCs TODAY!

CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the first issue of 2018, CBLDF talks to Eisner winning colorist and advocate Jordie Bellaire (Redlands, Pretty Deadly, Injection) and Japanese mangaka Takeshi Nogami (Girls und Panzer)! Retailers, FOC is today (JAN181466), so now’s the time to stock up! CBLDF Defender Vol. 3 #1 features cover by Declan Shalvey from Warren…

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Indiana Fails to Restore Student’s First Amendment Rights

February 9, 2018
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Indiana Fails to Restore Student’s First Amendment Rights

Indiana’s House Bill 1016, which sought to reinstate student journalists First Amendment rights, failed 47 – 45, missing by four votes the constitutional majority required to pass it to the Senate. This outcome closely echoes the hollow victory of a similar bill last year, which passed the house 88 – 4, only to die in…

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Journalist Uncovers Censorship Attempts in Missouri Schools and Libraries

February 9, 2018
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Journalist Uncovers Censorship Attempts in Missouri Schools and Libraries

The recent challenge to Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give in Springfield, Missouri, inspired a local journalist to dig into attempts to remove content in schools and libraries in the state. In her research, Claudette Riley of the Springfield News-Leader uncovered 36 censorship incidents in the state, including attempts to remove 26 books, since 2014.…

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Duluth District Removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Over Racial Slurs

February 8, 2018
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Duluth District Removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Over Racial Slurs

The Duluth school district is removing Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from required reading over the use of a racial slur. A specific challenge to the books did not trigger the removal, which was instead a response to several complaints about racial slurs registered by the district over the…

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The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece

February 7, 2018
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The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein has teamed up with John Lind (Creative Director, Kitchen Sink Books, an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) to co-curate The Art of MARCH: A Civil Rights Masterpiece, an exhibit on display at the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, February 28 – June 30, 2018. The Art of MARCH: A…

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