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Perks of Being a Wallflower Returns to High School Classrooms in Pasco County

May 27, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Returns to High School Classrooms in Pasco County

Pasco County, Florida superintendent of schools Kurt Browning has decided not to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower district-wide, following a review committee’s vote earlier this week to remove it from one middle school. Although the review committee included no high school representation, members had recommended that the book be banned at…

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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

May 24, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

A review committee in Pasco County, Florida voted to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from a middle school yesterday after two parents complained about the book’s references to sex, drugs, and drinking. Pending further district-wide review, the book could be banned from the high school curriculum as well. The book had…

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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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VICTORY in Florida: This One Summer Unrestricted in Seminole County High Schools

March 14, 2016
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VICTORY in Florida: This One Summer Unrestricted in Seminole County High Schools

In a victory for the freedom to read, we got word on Friday that Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer has been restored to open shelves in high school libraries. Illogically and in violation of district policy, the graphic novel had been restricted in the high schools after a challenge at the elementary level.…

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CBLDF Leads Fight for This One Summer in Seminole County High Schools

February 16, 2016
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CBLDF Leads Fight for This One Summer in Seminole County High Schools

CBLDF, organizational members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, and other free expression advocacy organizations today sent a letter to Seminole County (Florida) Public Schools defending Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer in high school libraries. Student access to the book has been restricted at the high school level even though the original…

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This One Summer Now Challenged in Seminole County High Schools

February 10, 2016
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This One Summer Now Challenged in Seminole County High Schools

Less than a week after This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki was removed from three elementary schools in Seminole County, Florida, the critically acclaimed graphic novel is now under fire in the district’s high schools as well. A new report from the same local TV station that previously issued a heavily biased story…

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This One Summer Removed from Seminole County Elementary Schools

February 4, 2016
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This One Summer Removed from Seminole County Elementary Schools

This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, which last year made history as the first graphic novel to receive a Caldecott Honor and subsequently was the graphic novel that CBLDF had to defend most frequently in 2015, has been removed from three elementary school libraries in Seminole County, Florida, after a parent complaint about…

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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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YA Author Urges Parents to Develop Understanding of Manga

September 24, 2015
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YA Author Urges Parents to Develop Understanding of Manga

In anticipation of the young-adult-themed Banned Books Week starting this Sunday, YA author Amy McNulty recently shone the spotlight on some of her favorite manga series for teens that have faced challenges in the United States. In a guest post on poet and fellow author E. Kristin Anderson’s blog, McNulty pleaded for adults to understand…

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Committee Keeps Beloved On FL Summer Reading List After “Porn Content” Challenge

September 15, 2015
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Beloved Toni Morrison

A unanimous committee vote kept Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved on a summer reading list in a Satellite High School in Florida despite a parent’s complaint over what he is calling the “porn content” of the novel. Hamilton Boone, a parent of a student at the school, submitted his complaint to the committee…

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