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Victory in IL: Absolutely True Diary Retained in 10th Grade Curriculum

October 25, 2017
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Victory in IL: Absolutely True Diary Retained in 10th Grade Curriculum

In a victory for the freedom to read, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been restored to the 10th grade curriculum at Alton High School in Alton, Illinois. The book was temporarily suspended pending a review committee decision, after one parent simply requested an alternate assignment for their own child.…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary in Illinois School District

October 17, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary in Illinois School District

For at least the fifth time this year, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been challenged as part of a public school curriculum. This time it’s at Alton High School in Alton, Illinois, and CBLDF recently joined with other members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to urge that…

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Bradbury Biographer Warns of Dystopian Future Without School Librarians

April 6, 2017
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Bradbury Biographer Warns of Dystopian Future Without School Librarians

Few would disagree that in the current context of rampant misinformation, students in public schools must be trained to seek out reliable facts and assess sources. Nevertheless, every year more and more school librarians–the professionals who teach those exact skills–are cut from their positions across the country. In a recent column for the Chicago Tribune,…

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Parent Group Demands Changes or Cancellation for Illinois High School’s Civil Rights Seminar Day

February 17, 2017
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Parent Group Demands Changes or Cancellation for Illinois High School’s Civil Rights Seminar Day

Some parents in the northern suburbs of Chicago are complaining that an innovative all-day seminar on civil rights at New Trier High School will be “biased, unbalanced, [and] divisive.” Award-winning authors Andrew Aydin and Colson Whitehead are scheduled to speak at the seminar on February 28, but a parent pressure group wants the event cancelled…

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Illinois High School Discontinues God of Small Things, Cites Lack of Initial Approval

December 5, 2016
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Illinois High School Discontinues God of Small Things, Cites Lack of Initial Approval

A Chicago-area high school has discontinued use of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things in its English curriculum, saying that the novel had not gone through the initial approval process outlined in district policy and contained “subject matter in some sections that is not age-appropriate for the students who were reading the book.” Some…

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Illinois Enacts Law to Protect Student Journalists Rights

August 17, 2016
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Illinois New Voices

Last month, New Jersey celebrated free speech with the consideration of a bill that will allow student journalists to exercise editorial control over content in school publications. Illinois is following suit with the passing of a law that grants students in their state the same power. The Speech Rights of Student Journalists act, which was…

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Dapier Receives Intellectual Freedom Award for Persepolis Research

April 20, 2016
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Dapier Receives Intellectual Freedom Award for Persepolis Research

Jarrett Dapier, the library science scholar whose Freedom of Information Act Request helped to uncover the truth about Chicago Public Schools administrators’ 2013 effort to ban Persepolis from classrooms and libraries, is receiving some well-earned recognition from the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table. The group announced yesterday that Dapier is the recipient of…

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Chicago School Librarian’s Job Saved by Student Protest, Anonymous Donation

December 22, 2015
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Chicago School Librarian’s Job Saved by Student Protest, Anonymous Donation

Score another win for student activists in Chicago Public Schools, who last week helped to avert the dismissal of their beloved librarian due to budget cuts. Sara Sayigh, librarian at the South Side’s DuSable Campus, had been slated to lose her job at the end of this month but was saved by an anonymous donation…

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CBLDF Signs on to Protest Illinois Ban of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

October 28, 2015
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CBLDF Signs on to Protest Illinois Ban of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

CBLDF today joined with other organizational members of the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter of protest to the principal of Mattoon High School in Mattoon, IL, who ignored school district policy to pull the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close from an Honors English class while students…

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High School Reading Assignments Challenged in Illinois, New Jersey

October 5, 2015
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High School Reading Assignments Challenged in Illinois, New Jersey

Banned Books Week is barely over, but book challenges continue around the country! Today we got word that Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was pulled from a high school English class in Mattoon, Illinois before students could finish it, while parents in Rumson, New Jersey are petitioning the local school board to…

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