Posts Tagged ‘ challenged for: profanity ’

Pennsylvania School Board Stands Up for Curious Incident

May 22, 2019
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Pennsylvania School Board Stands Up for Curious Incident

Westmont Hilltop School District, a small district just to the west of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, voted last week to keep The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time as a choice on its summer reading list. The district’s board of directors listened to comments from the largest crowd in recent history before voting 10 -2…

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A History of Frequently Banned Comics

April 19, 2019
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A History of Frequently Banned Comics

Though CBLDF has Case Studies of challenges and bans of comics that go back over twenty years, when it comes to the graphic novels being challenged in quantity, it’s a far more recent affair. This year’s ALA list of most frequently challenged and banned titles featured two comics, but comics have only started showing up…

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Missouri School Pulls The Hate U Give for Review

February 2, 2018
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Missouri School Pulls The Hate U Give  for Review

Missouri Middle School pulls critically acclaimed YA novel after pressure from local lawmaker. Reed Academy in Springfield, Missouri pulled the book twice recently, in order to review it after concerns regarding an ineffective permission slip and the book’s profanity were brought to the attention of the school and local lawmaker Rep. Sonya Anderson by a…

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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore BUCK to Classrooms in Maryland

December 21, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore BUCK to Classrooms in Maryland

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in calling for the restoration of BUCK: A Memoir by M.K. Asante to Baltimore County School District classrooms. CBLDF is a sponsor of KRRP. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and the unique…

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Baltimore Pulls Buck Out of School

December 8, 2017
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Baltimore Pulls  Buck  Out of School

Baltimore County School District has caved to pressure from parents and removed MK Asante’s award winning memoir Buck from the curriculum at Digital Harbor High School. Parents claimed profanity, as well as graphically described sexual acts, were the reasons Buck was inappropriate for 9th graders. Out of a 272-page book, parents complaints mostly centered around one out-of-context chapter…

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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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VICTORY: Minnesota School Board Stands by Alexie Book

June 14, 2017
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VICTORY: Minnesota School Board Stands by Alexie Book

In a 3-2 vote, the school board for the New London-Spicer school district has affirmed an administrator’s defense of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book is part of the 8th grade curriculum in the district and students were offered an alternative assignment if their parents objected to the book. Nevertheless,…

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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

May 25, 2017
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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

Good news from Minnesota! Following receipt of a letter from National Coalition Against Censorship member organizations including CBLDF, the principal of New London-Spicer Middle School responded that she will recommend keeping Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the 8th grade curriculum. The book was challenged by parents who said it…

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CBLDF Signs on to Defend Part-Time Indian in Wisconsin School District

May 18, 2017
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CBLDF Signs on to Defend Part-Time Indian in Wisconsin School District

As a Wisconsin school superintendent prepares to make a recommendation regarding a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, CBLDF this week signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, urging him to rule in favor of the book’s place in the…

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Alexie Challenged Again, This Time in Minnesota

May 12, 2017
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Alexie Challenged Again, This Time in Minnesota

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was recently challenged in Wisconsin, and now it’s under attack in neighboring Minnesota. A pair of parents of New London-Spicer Schools 8th graders have challenged the acclaimed novel, citing “gratuitous and unnecessary” profanity and reference to sexual acts as reasons for offense. Despite being offered…

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