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VICTORY: Judge Stops Arizona’s Ban of Mexican-American Studies

December 29, 2017
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VICTORY: Judge Stops Arizona’s Ban of Mexican-American Studies

Judge A. Wallace Tashima has ruled that the Arizona law targeting Tucson’s lauded Mexican American Studies program is unconstitutional and that the state cannot ban ethnic studies programs. Tashima, who had upheld the law in previous decisions, ruled in Acosta et al v. Huppenthal that the law was “not for a legitimate educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial…

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A Book Ban Closes Out Banned Books Week

September 29, 2017
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A Book Ban Closes Out Banned Books Week

We kicked off this Banned Books Week with challenges to two classics, and we’ll be wrapping up the week with news of a ban of another book: Lauren Myracle’s l8r, g8r. The book is being challenged by a parent of a 6th grade girl in the Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona. “The explicit sexual content in…

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Hearings Begin for Tucson’s Embattled Mexican American Studies Program

June 30, 2017
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Hearings Begin for Tucson’s Embattled Mexican American Studies Program

This week, the U.S. District Court for Arizona began hearing arguments in Acosta et al v. Huppenthal, a case that might determine the fate of Tucson’s embattled Mexican American Studies program. The Mexican American Studies program fell victim to House Bill 2281, an Arizona state law written specifically to target the program. The law makes it…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

April 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

CBLDF this week joined a coalition of free-speech organizations objecting to the abrupt removal of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner from the curriculum of Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, Arizona. Although students in Honors English 10 have read the book for several years, administrators allege that it was never officially approved for use. CBLDF…

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Arizona School District Pulls Kite Runner from Curriculum Mid-School Year

April 3, 2017
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Arizona School District Pulls Kite Runner from Curriculum Mid-School Year

Students at Williams Field High School in Gilbert, Arizona are looking for answers after Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner was abruptly pulled from the curriculum district-wide, just as Honors English 10 classes were to start reading it. Higley Unified School District issued a statement implying that the book had not been through a required approval…

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Graphic Novelist Leila Abdelrazaq Detained, Questioned by Border Patrol Over Sketchbook

December 23, 2015
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Graphic Novelist Leila Abdelrazaq Detained, Questioned by Border Patrol Over Sketchbook

Graphic novelist Leila Abdelrazaq, who recently won critical praise for her book Baddawi, was detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona for three hours last week after they spotted Arabic writing in her sketchbook. Abdelrazaq, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent, was released without charge but has since been smeared as a potential terrorist…

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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

July 17, 2015
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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

The students and teachers of Tucson’s now defunct Mexican American Studies program have been fighting against the Arizona state law that led to the dissolution of the program. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that hopefully puts them one step closer to striking it down. Arce v. Douglas (formerly Arce v.…

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Gilbert School Board Keeps Toni Morrison’s Beloved on the Reading List

January 30, 2015
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Beloved Toni Morrison

Gilbert, Arizona, public school system is once again in the news for a book challenge. This time it is Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer-Prize winning seminal novel Beloved. The Gilbert school board recently received more than 100 letters from members of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children urging the district to pull the title from…

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Arizona School District Aborts Plan to Redact Biology Textbook

December 18, 2014
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Campell Biology Textbook

A moment of triumph this week for advocates of free speech and access to information has come in the form of the Gilbert Arizona school board opting to halt all actions to edit an honors biology textbook! In light of complaints from community members regarding two pages of the popular textbook, Campbell Biology: Concepts and…

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Biology Textbook Too Factual, Violates Arizona Law?

December 5, 2014
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Campell Biology Textbook

In late October, the Gilbert Arizona Public School’s governing board voted to have two pages from a widely used honors biology textbook removed on the grounds that its discussion of contraception and common birth control methods violated Arizona law. The state law being cited is 15-115: Preference for childbirth and adoption; allowable presentation. Signed by…

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