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Wisconsin School District Stands By Mockingbird

February 16, 2018
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Wisconsin School District Stands By Mockingbird

  A committee formed to review the challenge on To Kill a Mockingbird in Monona Grove school district, voted 4-1 to recommend retaining the classic. The book was challenged by a concerned parent who felt the work was not so seminal as to overlook the 48 racial slurs, and outdated white savior narrative. Romar Nelson,…

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Duluth District Removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Over Racial Slurs

February 8, 2018
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Duluth District Removes To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn Over Racial Slurs

The Duluth school district is removing Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from required reading over the use of a racial slur. A specific challenge to the books did not trigger the removal, which was instead a response to several complaints about racial slurs registered by the district over the…

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Parent Challenges Harper Lee Classic in Classroom

January 24, 2018
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Parent Challenges Harper Lee Classic in Classroom

To Kill A Mockingbird is under fire again, this time in Wisconsin. Tumjama Kameeta, submitted a request to the Monona Grove School District in Wisconsin, asking administrators to remove To Kill a Mockingbird from the school curriculum, citing, among many infractions, the copious uses of racial slurs. Kameeta wrote a statement to Madison365 explaining why…

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Mockingbird Returns to Class in Biloxi–With Strings Attached

October 26, 2017
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Mockingbird Returns to Class in Biloxi–With Strings Attached

After a national outcry over the removal of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from the 8th grade curriculum in Biloxi, Mississippi, the book will return to classrooms on Monday — with caveats. Whereas the reading assignment previously was “opt-out” such that any student or parent could request an alternate book, it has now become…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of To Kill a Mockingbird in Biloxi

October 18, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of To Kill a Mockingbird in Biloxi

In response to the abrupt removal of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird from the 8th grade curriculum in Biloxi, Mississippi last week, CBLDF has joined with other members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project in urging the school district to follow its existing challenge policy and convene a review committee for the book.…

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CBLDF and Partners Urge Policy Change to Protect Books in Accomack County

December 12, 2016
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CBLDF and Partners Urge Policy Change to Protect Books in Accomack County

Following last week’s welcome decision by the school board in Accomack County, Virginia to restore The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird to school libraries and classrooms after they were challenged by a parent, CBLDF and its partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project followed up with a letter urging that the district…

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Virginia School Board Votes to Restore Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn

December 7, 2016
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Virginia School Board Votes to Restore Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn

The classic novels To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are back in school libraries and classrooms in Accomack County, Virginia today after the school board last night voted not to ban them in response to a parent’s complaint about racial slurs in the books. The board also formed a committee to…

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Writers Reflect on a Free to Read Childhood

July 21, 2015
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Writers Reflect on a Free to Read Childhood

As ComicMix’s The Tweeks — twin tween geeks Maddy and Anya Ernst — launched their Challenged Graphic Novel Reading Challenge last week with Bone Vol. 1: Out from Boneville, a couple of the site’s adult contributors also took the opportunity to weigh in with hindsight on their own formative experiences as voracious readers who were…

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To Kill a Mockingbird Re-banned in Louisiana School District

October 17, 2013
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To Kill a Mockingbird Re-banned in Louisiana School District

After a convoluted series of events spanning at least a decade, the school board in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana last week removed Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird from classrooms throughout the district. After some parents of high school students recently complained that the book contained “offensive language” and “themes…[that] may not be suitable…

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