Posts Tagged ‘ middle school ’

NJ School Board Decides Fate of 13 Reasons Why & Todd Strasser Books

July 23, 2019
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NJ School Board Decides Fate of 13 Reasons Why & Todd Strasser Books

The Westwood Regional School District’s board will be meeting this Thursday, July 25, and decide the fate of three YA books that have been challenged by a group of parents claiming the works could do “irrevocable harm” if not pulled from the middle school. The books challenged include Todd Strasser’s Boot Camp and Can’t Get…

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

June 19, 2019
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Drama

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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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

June 19, 2019
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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

Back in February, CBLDF reported on a political group in Florida demanding the removal of 14 books from Marion County School District. Reports have just come in that the committee has finished reading and discussing the works officially challenged, and their recommendations, along with those of the Superintendent, have been given to the school board…

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Looking for Alaska Pulled from School Libraries

March 5, 2018
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Looking for Alaska Pulled from School Libraries

John Greene’s Printz Award-Winning Looking for Alaska has been pulled from West Ada School District middle school libraries in Idaho without following the formal reconsideration guidelines. The book had been only been available in the library and was not on any middle school curriculum in West Ada, which is why district spokesperson Eric Exline feels…

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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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District Policy Ignored in YA Book Ban

January 26, 2018
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District Policy Ignored in YA Book Ban

The principal at Fort King Middle School in Ocala, Florida may have pulled YA novel The Facts Speak for Themselves by Brock Cole from the library without following the official district book challenge policy. The initial report from Spectrum News 13, cites a 14 year old girl bringing the book home and alerting her parents…

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Jaycee Dugard’s Memoir Removed from Middle School Classroom Libraries

November 6, 2014
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Jaycee Duggard A Stolen Life

After being reviewed by teachers of the Northview Michigan public middle school system, it has been decided that copies of Jaycee Dugard’s memoir A Stolen Life will not be included in seventh-grade classroom libraries. A New York Times bestselling autobiographical memoir, the book recounts Jaycee Dugard’s personal experiences as a victim of forced captivity and…

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The Fault in Our Stars Banned from California Middle School

October 1, 2014
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The Fault in Our Stars Banned from California Middle School

In a blow for the freedom to read, John Green’s popular YA novel, The Fault in Our Stars, has been removed from Riverside Unified School District’s middle schools by a 6-1 vote from the California school district’s book reconsideration committee. The book will still be available on the shelves of the district’s high school libraries,…

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