Posts Tagged ‘ elementary school ’

Investigation Concludes and With Minimal Fallout for Florida Teacher

March 4, 2019
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Investigation Concludes and With Minimal Fallout for Florida Teacher

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Florida teacher investigated by school officials for reading A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, should have gotten permission to read a non-approved book to the class, but overall did no harm. According to The Sentinel, the district released a report explaining, the teacher, Tyler Bond, “had a…

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Drama Survives Ban in Ottawa Catholic Schools

January 17, 2019
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Drama Survives Ban in Ottawa Catholic Schools

Raina Telgemeier’s critically acclaimed graphic novel Drama has survived another attempt to ban it, this time in Ottawa Catholic Elementary Schools. CBC News reported on January 15 that they were shown emails ordering librarians at all Ottawa Catholic School Board elementary schools to remove the best-selling graphic novel after parents complained about the LGBTQ content…

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Get Your Classroom Ready for Halloween with The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

October 19, 2018
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Get Your Classroom Ready for Halloween with The Misadventures of Salem Hyde

Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to help parents and teachers raise readers. In this column, we examine graphic novels, including those that have been targeted by censors, and provide teaching and discussion suggestions for the…

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South Dakota Backs Off Anti-Trans Education Bill

February 16, 2018
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South Dakota Backs Off Anti-Trans Education Bill

South Dakota Senator Phil Jensen (R) changed his mind about making history with the first bill to ban discussion of gender identity and gender expression in K-7 classrooms throughout the state. Jensen originally proposed SB 160 because he felt gender was not appropriate for anyone below eighth grade to discuss and those students should instead focus…

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Michigan Elementary School Bans Captain Underpants over Gay Character

October 30, 2015
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Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot

A Michigan school whose motto proudly declares “Preparing Students for the Changing World” has acted otherwise with the ban of the newest Captain Underpants novel from their recent book fair for its allusion to a gay character. The Arborwood Elementary School parent-teacher organization decided to ban Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot…

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Children’s Books Prompt Calls for Censorship in Florida

July 15, 2015
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LibrarianOfBasra

In order to help diversify the materials to which students have access, Duval County, Florida will be including two books set in the Middle East in the elementary school curriculum as part of the EngageNY program, and the books have some parents concerned. The children’s books in question are The Librarian of Basra and Nasreen’s…

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Between the Lines: NC Library Holds Events for Controversial Kid’s Book

July 6, 2015
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King&King

Last month, Omar Currie, a school teacher at Efland-Creeks Elementary School in Orange County, North Carolina, resigned from his position after backlash in his community over his inclusion of the children’s book King & King in his third grade class. Subsequently, neighboring public libraries, including Chapel Hill Public Library, have seen an increase in the…

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School Decision Does Not Make for a Fairytale Ending for Teacher

June 19, 2015
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King&King

Regrettably, a teacher and vice principal of Efland-Cheeks Elementary School resigned from their positions this week after controversy arose within their community surrounding the teacher’s decision to read a fairy tale about two princes falling in love to his third grade class. The controversy came about when Omar Currie, the teacher who has resigned from…

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Wisconsin Cartoonist Sits Down With Elementary School to Talk About Freedom of Speech

April 3, 2015
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Phil Hands

The editorial cartoonist Phil Hands, who draws for the Wisconsin State Journal, took it upon himself recently to visit a local Madison, Wisconsin, elementary school to teach about the importance of freedom of speech, especially in light of the violent events that have shaken the cartooning world. Sitting down with students at Van Hise Elementary…

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