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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

March 21, 2016
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

Good news! Two bills in the Florida legislature that would have facilitated challenges to instructional materials were allowed to die at the end of the legislative session earlier this month. The bills had been pushed by some of the same parents who last summer waged a futile campaign against four books found in Collier County…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Veto of VA “Sexually Explicit Content” Bill

March 9, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Veto of VA “Sexually Explicit Content” Bill

CBLDF today joined a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, urging him to veto House Bill 516 which would require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials. The bill has passed through both houses of the General Assembly, and the governor now has until April…

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Kentucky School Defends Student’s Right to Offend

March 1, 2016
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Kentucky School Defends Student’s Right to Offend

A Kentucky high school has stood by a student’s artwork, despite a police officer’s demand that it be removed as “propaganda [that] creates…future cop haters.” Rather than taking the drawing down earlier, the drawing was removed with the rest of the exhibit as scheduled at the end of the class unit last week. The artwork…

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NH Students Recreate Banned Book Covers

January 21, 2016
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NH Students Recreate Banned Book Covers

Monadnock Regional High School art teacher Emily Bialek didn’t just want her Swanzey, New Hampshire, students to create art. She wanted them to use art to help foster learning about larger topics that extended beyond the canvas. Her idea: have her students pick a banned book and recreate the cover based on what they had…

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Censorship Battles Take a Toll on Educators

January 14, 2016
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Censorship Battles Take a Toll on Educators

Virtually every public school district across the country has a policy on how challenges to materials should be handled. One of the many benefits of observing these policies is that they help to shield the districts’ own employees — teachers and librarians — from personal attacks hashed out in public. All too often, book challenge…

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Florida Bills Could Hold Education Hostage to Ideology

January 5, 2016
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Florida Bills Could Hold Education Hostage to Ideology

Some of the same parents who last summer waged a futile campaign against four books found in Collier County, Florida, school libraries are behind two new bills in the state legislature that would make it easier to challenge instructional materials that allegedly fail to provide a balanced viewpoint on hot-button issues such as evolution, climate…

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Administrators Shut Down Virginia Schools After Muslim Indoctrination Claim

December 21, 2015
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Schools were closed in Augusta County, Virginia on Friday after one parent cried “Muslim indoctrination” over a 9th grade history assignment. When Kimberly Herndon learned that her son who attends Rivershead High School would be copying the Islamic phrase known as the Shahada as part of an exercise to demonstrate the “artistic complexity of [Arabic]…

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Michigan Parents Worry Picture Book Will Indoctrinate Students to Islam

December 17, 2015
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Michigan Parents Worry Picture Book Will Indoctrinate Students to Islam

Some parents in Eau Claire, Michigan, are accusing the local school district of preaching Islam to students via the picture book Nasreen’s Secret School, which was also challenged earlier this year in Florida. The increased focus on the book is due to its inclusion in the state of New York’s K-12 curriculum, which is freely…

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CBLDF Signs on to Defend The Family Book in Etiwanda, CA

December 14, 2015
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CBLDF Signs on to Defend The Family Book in Etiwanda, CA

CBLDF has joined the Kids’ Right to Read Project and other freedom to read advocates to defend Todd Parr’s The Family Book in the Etiwanda, California school district. The parents of one formerly enrolled student want the book banned from transitional kindergarten classrooms due to its inclusion of families with same-sex parents. The Family Book…

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VICTORY: Panel Votes To Keep The Muppets in Marshfield, WI

December 11, 2015
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Things are looking good for the Muppets in Marshfield, WI! On Wednesday, an eight member panel convened and unanimously voted to keep the United Nations picture book For Every Child a Better World, featuring Kermit the Frog, in Marshfield district elementary schools. Despite parent and school board member Mary Carney’s claims that the illustrations of…

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