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Drama Banned Again in Texas, ACLU Report Shows

October 10, 2017
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Drama Banned Again in Texas, ACLU Report Shows

For the third time in four years, Raina Telgemeier’s Drama was considered too hot for a Texas school, according to the state ACLU chapter’s latest banned books report which was recently released. In fact, the graphic novel about an adolescent theater troupe was the only book completely banned from any district; this time, it was…

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Two Challenges Kick Off Banned Books Week

September 25, 2017
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Two Challenges Kick Off Banned Books Week

This week, we celebrate Banned Books Week, the annual recognition of our right to read. But sometimes, it seems like some people take Banned Books Week as a dare to censor books instead of reading them. In fact, as we kick off Banned Books Week, two classics are under fire by censors. First up is George…

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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

June 27, 2017
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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

Florida governor Rick Scott yesterday approved legislation that will facilitate challenges to classroom materials, allowing any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” Intellectual freedom advocates are bracing for challenges on multiple topics of public contention, from…

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VICTORY: “Beloved Bill” Vetoed in Virginia

March 24, 2017
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VICTORY: “Beloved Bill” Vetoed in Virginia

The bill that never dies, the so-called “Beloved bill” in Virginia has been put down by Governor Terry McAuliffe, who has vetoed the latest attempt to attack reading materials in schools. CBLDF joined multiple letters in opposition to the overly-broad legislation. This is the second time that Governor McAuliffe has had to veto the bill, which…

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CBLDF Joins Letter Asking VA Governor to Again Veto ‘Beloved Bill’

March 3, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Letter Asking VA Governor to Again Veto ‘Beloved Bill’

CBLDF signed on to yet another letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship regarding Virginia’s resilient ‘Beloved bill’ which was vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe last year, defeated as a proposed State Board of Education regulation in January, and brought up again as legislation in the General Assembly last month. The bill would require school…

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Alaska School Board Removes Four Titles from Reading List After Parent Complaints

February 28, 2017
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Alaska School Board Removes Four Titles from Reading List After Parent Complaints

Five popular, award-winning, and critically praised novels were recently removed from an alternative reading list for high school students in Nome, Alaska after parent complaints, leading to a contentious public debate at a school board meeting last week where other parents came out in support of the books. By the end of the meeting Sherman…

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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived ‘Beloved Bill’ in Virginia

February 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived ‘Beloved Bill’ in Virginia

Virginia’s ‘Beloved bill’ has returned to the commonwealth’s General Assembly for the second year in a row, and CBLDF last week signed on to an opposition letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship. The legislation would require school districts to warn parents about educational materials containing undefined “sexually explicit” content, likely resulting in a chilling…

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VICTORY in Virginia: State Board Rejects Classroom Censorship Proposal

January 31, 2017
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VICTORY in Virginia: State Board Rejects Classroom Censorship Proposal

VICTORY in Virginia! At a meeting last week, the state Board of Education rejected a proposed regulation that would have required schools to warn parents about educational materials containing “sexually explicit” content. CBLDF and our partners in the National Coalition Against Censorship sent multiple letters opposing the regulation and the nearly identical bill that passed…

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CBLDF Joins NCAC Rebuttal of Arguments for Classroom Censorship in Virginia

January 26, 2017
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CBLDF Joins NCAC Rebuttal of Arguments for Classroom Censorship in Virginia

In advance of a Virginia state Board of Education meeting tonight where members will consider requiring schools to warn parents about educational materials containing “sexually explicit” content, CBLDF this week signed on to a National Coalition Against Censorship letter rebutting some arguments advanced in favor of the regulation. The current draft regulation is a revived…

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14 Books CBLDF Defended in 2016

December 27, 2016
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14 Books CBLDF Defended in 2016

CBLDF defended more than a dozen books from challenges and bans in 2016 — some of them were challenged on multiple occasions. Here’s a snapshot of what we did to defend the freedom to read this year… This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki In February, less than a week after This One Summer by…

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