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Colorado School Board Backs Superintendent’s Ban on Teen Romance Novel

July 26, 2017
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Colorado School Board Backs Superintendent’s Ban on Teen Romance Novel

A young adult romance novel has been removed from the library of Challenger Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after Academy District 20’s superintendent and school board overruled a review committee’s unanimous recommendation to keep it on shelves. In voting to affirm Superintendent Mark Hatchell’s ban of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles from the school,…

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Colorado School District Restricts Atheist Pamphlets Due To Cover Images

April 7, 2016
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Colorado School District Restricts Atheist Pamphlets Due To Cover Images

Another school district has painted itself into a corner regarding distribution of religious materials in schools. This time, it’s Colorado’s Delta County School District, which recently allowed passive distribution of Bibles in both middle and high schools, but restricted two atheist pamphlets to the high school only. The district cited the cover images — a…

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Removal of Student Art Piece Incites Free Speech Concerns in Community

March 29, 2016
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A controversial piece pulled from a Denver, Colorado, student art exhibit earlier this month has incited concerns in the community about free speech violations and sending the wrong message to students when teaching art. The art exhibit, done as part of a Denver public school outreach program, asked students to “select a master work of…

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Police Demand Removal of Denver Student’s Art

March 25, 2016
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Police Demand Removal of Denver Student’s Art

Police associations and others successfully demanded the removal of a Denver 10th-grader’s artwork from a public building this week. The drawing shows a police officer in a Ku Klux Klan hood aiming a gun at an unarmed black youth with his hands up. The artwork was among dozens of student pieces on display in the…

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Jefferson County Students Thrown Out of Board Meeting

November 14, 2014
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Jefferson County Students Thrown Out of Board Meeting

In Jefferson County, Colorado, where the debate continues over a plan to review the AP U.S. History curriculum, about a dozen students were ejected from a school board meeting last week for civil disobedience tactics including reading passages from their textbook out loud. The irony, of course, is that members of the school board who…

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Ender’s Game Retained in Mesa County Curriculum

October 30, 2014
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Ender’s Game Retained in Mesa County Curriculum

The sci-fi novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card will not be banned from the curriculum in Colorado’s Mesa County Valley School District, a review committee decided with an 8-1 vote last week. The book, which is read and discussed in 6th grade language arts classes, was recently challenged by a parent and former 5th…

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Facing Off in Jefferson County

October 10, 2014
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Facing Off in Jefferson County

Jefferson County, Colorado, has found itself the unlikely center of a debate over censorship and academic freedom, a fight characterized by some expected — and not so expected — players. On one side, we have a retired history teacher. On the other, we have a vocal group of parents. The sides they picked may come…

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Jefferson County School Board Votes to Expand Review Committee

October 6, 2014
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Jefferson County School Board Votes to Expand Review Committee

At the Jefferson County, Colorado school board meeting Thursday night, a contentious plan to review the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum was modified but not entirely defeated. Although the board did not vote on a proposal to avoid materials that “encourage civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law,” many teachers, students, and parents…

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CBLDF Joins Protest Against Proposed Curriculum Review in Colorado

October 1, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Protest Against Proposed Curriculum Review in Colorado

By now most readers have probably heard about the proposed curriculum review committee in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school district. Over concerns that such a committee will censor educational content, CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship to protest the move. Starting with Advanced Placement U.S. History, the committee would…

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