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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District (Again)

June 30, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District (Again)

In advance of a school board meeting in Buncombe County, North Carolina, tonight, CBLDF has once more joined with a coalition of free speech advocacy organizations led by the Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter urging the board to accept the recommendation of two review committees to allow Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite…

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North Carolina Review Committee Unanimously Recommends The Kite Runner Stay in Class

June 23, 2015
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North Carolina Review Committee Unanimously Recommends The Kite Runner Stay in Class

Despite a mother and former school board member’s contention that The Kite Runner is inappropriate for a 10th grade Honors English class, a district-wide review committee in Buncombe County, North Carolina unanimously recommended last week that the school board allow the book to remain in classrooms. The novel by Khaled Hosseini still faces a school…

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Crafton Hills College Stands By Graphic Novel Course

June 16, 2015
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Crafton Hills College Stands By Graphic Novel Course

Facing the wrath of the Internet, Crafton Hills College affirmed yesterday that it will not be “eradicating” any graphic novels from its English 250 course as 20-year-old student Tara Shultz and her parents demanded last week. The Shultz family disagrees with the college’s defense of academic freedom and now plans to take the issue higher,…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District

June 15, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District

As a Buncombe County, North Carolina school district review committee prepares to make a recommendation to the school board on a challenge to The Kite Runner this week, CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project and other free speech advocates in urging committee members to keep the book in…

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Parent Group Pressures Florida School District to Ban Four Books

June 10, 2015
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Parent Group Pressures Florida School District to Ban Four Books

A parents’ group in Collier County, Florida is taking aim at four books in school libraries that they describe as “highly inappropriate [and] essentially pornographic.” Members of the organization known as Parents ROCK want Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Beloved, Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban, and Lois Duncan’s Killing Mr. Griffin removed from school…

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Fun Home Continues Winning Streak With Five Tony Awards

June 9, 2015
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Fun Home Continues Winning Streak With Five Tony Awards

The Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home won five Tony Awards including Best Musical on Sunday night, continuing a string of successes that contradict the opposition the book has met in some quarters such as the South Carolina legislature. Last year, some South Carolina lawmakers proposed punitive budget cuts against the…

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North Carolina Parent Continues Campaign Against The Kite Runner

June 4, 2015
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North Carolina Parent Continues Campaign Against The Kite Runner

Despite a school-level review committee’s recent decision that The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is appropriate for a 10th grade Honors English class, the Buncombe County, North Carolina, parent and former school board member who wants it out of the classroom is pushing forward with her challenge. Lisa Baldwin objects to depictions of “homosexuality and…

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The Handmaid’s Tale Under Attack in Oregon School

May 21, 2015
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Despite claiming she is “not a book banner,” an Oregon parent has launched a crusade against Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, claiming the book is too sexually explicit and violent for seniors in AP English to handle. After hearing concerns voiced by her son, Katrina Montgomery researched the controversy around The Handmaid’s…

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The Kite Runner Challenged in North Carolina High School

May 15, 2015
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The Kite Runner Challenged in North Carolina High School

A review committee in the Asheville, North Carolina, school system has deemed Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner “an appropriate curriculum resource and in alignment with the current state wide instructional standards,” but the book could be suspended again pending an expected appeal from the parent who challenged the book. Lisa Baldwin, a district parent and…

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Brunswick County Shuts Down Repeat Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

April 30, 2015
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Brunswick County Shuts Down Repeat Challenge to Absolutely True Diary

Victory by default in Brunswick County, NC! About a week after local resident Frankie Wood challenged Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at the second school in as many years, the principal informed her that the challenge would not be considered due to a district policy limiting how often the same…

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