Posts Tagged ‘ classroom ’

Drama Banned Again in Texas, ACLU Report Shows

October 10, 2017
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Drama Banned Again in Texas, ACLU Report Shows

For the third time in four years, Raina Telgemeier’s Drama was considered too hot for a Texas school, according to the state ACLU chapter’s latest banned books report which was recently released. In fact, the graphic novel about an adolescent theater troupe was the only book completely banned from any district; this time, it was…

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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

October 6, 2017
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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

In response to a draconian censorship directive recently issued by the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, CBLDF this week joined with other member organizations of the Kids’ Right to Read Project in defending vast swathes of library and classroom materials in the district. The order from Superintendent Mike Thomas targets for removal any…

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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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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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Kentucky School District Pulls Thirteen Reasons Why from Middle School Curriculum

June 20, 2017
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Kentucky School District Pulls Thirteen Reasons Why from Middle School Curriculum

The school district in Anderson County, Kentucky has pulled Jay Asher’s novel Thirteen Reasons Why from middle school classrooms, despite the fact that it had been approved for instructional use last school year. According to the local newspaper, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell admitted in an email that “the advertisement of the [Netflix] series played a factor…

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Wisconsinites Pack Board Meeting for Debate Over Absolutely True Diary

May 11, 2017
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Wisconsinites Pack Board Meeting for Debate Over Absolutely True Diary

Community debate continues over Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, where a review committee recently recommended to Superintendent Cliff Thompson that the book remain in the 9th grade curriculum at Sauk Prairie High School despite a parent’s challenge. Thompson will in turn make his own recommendation…

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Florida Legislature Passes Classroom Censorship Bills

May 5, 2017
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Florida Legislature Passes Classroom Censorship Bills

The Florida Senate today approved the House version of a bill that would facilitate challenges to classroom materials, sending the legislation on to Governor Rick Scott. The Senate also had its own version of the bill, but not enough time remains in the legislative session to reconcile the two so the final version remains unchanged from the…

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Tennessee High School Removes Student’s Rainbow Artwork from Classroom Display

May 2, 2017
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Tennessee High School Removes Student’s Rainbow Artwork from Classroom Display

Administrators at a Tennessee high school recently ordered the removal of a student’s LGBTQ-themed artwork from a classroom display case after other students complained about it. Principal Bobby Wines of Volunteer High School in Church Hill cited the complaints as proof that the rainbow-colored pastel drawing could not be allowed to remain because it “disrupted…

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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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New Jersey Parents Accuse School District of ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ via Animated Video

April 4, 2017
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New Jersey Parents Accuse School District of ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ via Animated Video

Two parents of public school students in Chatham, New Jersey have hired lawyers to represent them in a fight against what they label “Islamic indoctrination” in a middle school geography unit on world religions. In particular, Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer object to a brief animated video outlining the Five Pillars of Islam. Hilsenrath also…

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