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California School District Reaffirms Support for Teacher Who Read Transgender Books

September 20, 2017
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California School District Reaffirms Support for Teacher Who Read Transgender Books

In front of a standing-room-only crowd of about 500 people, a public charter school system in Rocklin, California reaffirmed this week that a kindergarten teacher’s in-class reading of two transgender-themed picture books was in line with district policy. However, the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools (RAFOS) also promised going forward to “try and notify parents…

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Conejo Valley Board Leaves Part-Time Indian in Limbo for Upcoming School Year

June 30, 2017
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Conejo Valley Board Leaves Part-Time Indian in Limbo for Upcoming School Year

Despite a letter from CBLDF and other members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, the school board of Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, California failed to take any action on approving Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for 9th grade classroom use at its final meeting of…

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CBLDF Joins Effort to Unblock Approval of Part-Time Indian in California School District

June 23, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Effort to Unblock Approval of Part-Time Indian in California School District

CBLDF yesterday signed on to a letter from NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, urging the Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, California, to expedite the approval process for Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to be used in the 9th grade curriculum. The process has stalled after one…

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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

May 19, 2017
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College Courses on Graphic Novels Criticized as Less ‘Intellectually Demanding’

We may be biased (we’re biased), but it is difficult to see how the increased use of comics in higher education could be a bad thing. Starting with Art Spiegelman’s Maus over thirty years ago, educators at all levels have discovered the unique benefits of graphic literature in the classroom. Today entire courses built around…

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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

February 10, 2017
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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

A school district in San Jose, California removed a Black History Month art exhibit from its administrative offices only a few hours after its installation last week, citing complaints from parents who were offended by artist Mark Harris’ mixed-media collages. Although the East Side Union High School District offices have for many years hosted annual…

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CBLDF Advisory: CA AB 1570

November 3, 2016
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California recently passed Assembly Bill No. 1570, a law that governs the sale of autographed items and is of concern to many of our members. CBLDF reached out to the lawmakers and our legal experts to produce the following advisory about how the new law could affect the comics industry in California. This advisory is…

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Parent Complaint Leads to Censorship of Student Mural

October 20, 2016
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Parent Complaint Leads to Censorship of Student Mural

A recent high school graduate in Scotts Valley, California is hoping to “spark a conversation about art and censorship” at her alma mater after a parent complained about nudity in her senior art project and she was given the choice of censoring the work or removing it altogether. Madeline Volk, now a freshman at the…

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City Issues Apology for Women’s History Month Censorship

April 19, 2016
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Photographer Brooke Mason may have been at the center of a free speech controversy in West Hollywood, California, after three of her photographs were removed from a Women’s History Month-themed exhibition last month, but inclusion in a new exhibit and a formal apology from the city show that members of the WeHo community won’t let…

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“Creative City” Censors Creativity Due to Pornography Concerns

April 1, 2016
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West Hollywood Women

Due to complaints and misinterpretation as child pornography, the city of West Hollywood, California, forced the removal of three photographs by local female artist Brooke Mason from a Woman’s History Month-themed city-wide exhibition. The removal of the pieces has not only gotten the community up in arms, but has raised free speech concerns. In celebration of…

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Zunar to Join US Colleagues for California Free Expression Conference

January 19, 2016
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Zunar to Join US Colleagues for California Free Expression Conference

Embattled Malaysian cartoonist Zunar and four U.S. colleagues will join in a roundtable discussion this Friday at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. The event kicks off a three-day conference called What Cannot Be Said: Freedom of Expression in a Changing World, all of which is free and open to the public. Zunar…

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