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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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Victory in MN: Annandale Board Rejects Challenge to Alexie Book

October 11, 2017
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Victory in MN: Annandale Board Rejects Challenge to Alexie Book

In a victory for the freedom to read, the school board in Annandale, Minnesota has chosen to keep Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the 9th grade curriculum despite calls from a small group of parents to ban it due to “explicit language.” CBLDF and other sponsors of the Kids’…

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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

October 6, 2017
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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

In response to a draconian censorship directive recently issued by the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, CBLDF this week joined with other member organizations of the Kids’ Right to Read Project in defending vast swathes of library and classroom materials in the district. The order from Superintendent Mike Thomas targets for removal any…

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New Action Kit Provides Tools to Fight Book Challenges

September 27, 2017
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New Action Kit Provides Tools to Fight Book Challenges

One of the best safeguards against censorship in libraries and schools is grassroots support for free expression. Of course tenacious librarians and teachers, fair-minded board members, and carefully crafted policies all play a role, but an overwhelming community rebuke to a book challenge virtually ensures that it will fail. This Banned Books Week, CBLDF and…

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NCAC Praises CA School for Upholding Right to Read

September 22, 2017
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NCAC Praises CA School for Upholding Right to Read

Last week, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in asking a California school to uphold their policies for classroom reading. Earlier this week, the school board for Rocklin Academy Gateway voted to keep their literature policy unchanged. In June, some parents in the community challenged the reading of a LGBTQIA children’s book in a kindergarten…

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CBLDF Joins Effort to Unblock Approval of Part-Time Indian in California School District

June 23, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Effort to Unblock Approval of Part-Time Indian in California School District

CBLDF yesterday signed on to a letter from NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, urging the Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, California, to expedite the approval process for Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to be used in the 9th grade curriculum. The process has stalled after one…

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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

May 25, 2017
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Minnesota Principal Defends Absolutely True Diary from Challenge

Good news from Minnesota! Following receipt of a letter from National Coalition Against Censorship member organizations including CBLDF, the principal of New London-Spicer Middle School responded that she will recommend keeping Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the 8th grade curriculum. The book was challenged by parents who said it…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

May 23, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

After a Florida elementary school pre-emptively banned students from bringing personal copies of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why onto campus, CBLDF yesterday joined with other members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in urging principal Bryan Dolfi to reconsider. After the book was singled out in an email to parents of Stone Lakes Elementary…

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VICTORY: WI Superintendent Stands By The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

May 22, 2017
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VICTORY: WI Superintendent Stands By The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Last week, CBLDF joined the Kids Right to Read Project on a letter defending Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian after it was challenged in a Wisconsin school district. This week brings good news: The district superintendent has upheld a review committee’s decision to keep the book in the curriculum. A…

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CBLDF Signs on to Defend Part-Time Indian in Wisconsin School District

May 18, 2017
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CBLDF Signs on to Defend Part-Time Indian in Wisconsin School District

As a Wisconsin school superintendent prepares to make a recommendation regarding a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, CBLDF this week signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, urging him to rule in favor of the book’s place in the…

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