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Toni Morrison Books Survive Another Challenge from Florida Tea Party

August 26, 2019
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Toni Morrison Books Survive Another Challenge from Florida Tea Party

Last week news came out of Marion County School District that the school board and Superintendent were standing behind Toni Morrison’s Beloved and The Bluest Eye, as well as Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia. These three books were challenged again after a local political group, It’s Your Tea Party Florida, decided it didn’t like the recommendation from…

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Toni Morrison, Patron Saint of Banned Books and Their Readers

August 8, 2019
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Toni Morrison, Patron Saint of Banned Books and Their Readers

Nobel Laureate and master author Toni Morrison passed away at 88 earlier this week. There have been many beautiful and thoughtful obituaries that examine her trailblazing life and life-changing words. Morrison’s books are critically respected the literary canon and successful in a commercial way that defies stereotypes of the highest echelon of literature. It is as difficult to categorize her…

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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

June 19, 2019
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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

Back in February, CBLDF reported on a political group in Florida demanding the removal of 14 books from Marion County School District. Reports have just come in that the committee has finished reading and discussing the works officially challenged, and their recommendations, along with those of the Superintendent, have been given to the school board…

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Florida Tea Party Group Demands District Ban 14 Books

February 27, 2019
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Florida Tea Party Group Demands District Ban 14 Books

It’s Your Tea Party Florida has demanded that Marion County School District remove 14 books from their middle and high school libraries the group believe are “obscene, even pornographic.” Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier removed the books from the middle school libraries, saying they were not age appropriate. However, she chose to keep the titles…

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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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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 Protest of Revived Virginia Proposal to Flag ‘Sexually Explicit’ School Books

November 21, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Protest of Revived Virginia Proposal to Flag ‘Sexually Explicit’ School Books

Just a few months after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have required public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials, the proposal has returned in the form of a new draft regulation from the state Department of Education. Last week, CBLDF and our partners in the Kids’…

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Collier County School Board Voters Reject Censorship Agenda

September 9, 2016
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Collier County School Board Voters Reject Censorship Agenda

Two school board candidates in Collier County, Florida who supported an effort to ban four books from high school libraries last year have been defeated at the polls by two other candidates who favor intellectual freedom. The overall board is expected to maintain a 3-2 anti-censorship majority as new members Erick Carter and Stephanie Lucarelli…

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VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

April 4, 2016
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VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

In a victory for the freedom to read, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed a bill that would have required public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials. The bill arose from one parent’s attempt to ban Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved from her son’s AP English class after…

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