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Autocratic Policy Change in NJ High School After Fun Home Victory

April 19, 2019
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Autocratic Policy Change in NJ High School After Fun Home Victory

Earlier this year, two high schools in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees School District in New Jersey restricted access to Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home against their own policies. The restriction was overturned at the end of February after CBLDF, co-sponsors of National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids Right to Read Project (KRRP) wrote a letter to Superintendent…

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New Jersey Considers Motion to Chuck Huckleberry Finn

March 25, 2019
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New Jersey Considers Motion to Chuck Huckleberry Finn

Lawmakers have proposed a resolution in New Jersey politely asking schools to ban Huckleberry Finn from their curriculum due to the excess of racist language in the book. The classic by Mark Twain is seen by many to be one of the first books to tackle the disgusting nature of racism in the early days of Jim…

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Victory! Fun Home Restored in New Jersey High Schools

February 26, 2019
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Victory! Fun Home Restored in New Jersey High Schools

Fun Home has been returned to the library shelves in North Hunterdon-Voorhees School District high schools. According to National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), the return happened as recently as February 21st. This is not just a victory for the organizations like Comic book Legal Defense Fund, NCAC, ACLU of New Jersey, and other free speech…

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Two New Jersey High Schools Restrict Fun Home

February 20, 2019
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Two New Jersey High Schools Restrict Fun Home

Two High Schools in North Hunterdon-Voorhees School District New Jersey have chosen to restrict access to Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home. Administrators based their decision to examine the best-selling comic on a challenge to at another High School, likely one that wasn’t held up. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, co-sponsors of National Coalition Against…

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Fun Home Removed Without Review in NJ High School Library

January 30, 2019
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Fun Home Removed Without Review in NJ High School Library

Information is coming to light that the award-winning graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, has been removed from a high school library in New Jersey without following the appropriate procedures for challenging instructional materials. The removal occurred after administrators learned about another challenge to the graphic novel in the same state, most…

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CBLDF LGBTQ Victories in 2018!

December 20, 2018
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CBLDF LGBTQ Victories in 2018!

This time of year it seems that everyone is asking readers to look deep in their hearts and wallets and consider making tax-deductible donations. It can become numbing to hear these pleas repetitively and not to hear about why these donations are crucial to protecting important freedoms in the year to come. So as a…

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Fun Home Victory in New Jersey!

October 8, 2018
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Fun Home Victory in New Jersey!

Alison Bechdel’s critically acclaimed memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic will remain in the English curriculum at Watchung Hills Regional High School in New Jersey. The school board voted to keep the graphic novel 7 – 2, despite the calls for its removal by the community. Instead, the curriculum has been expanded to make Fun Home…

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CBLDF and Kids Right to Read Project Defend Fun Home

June 5, 2018
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CBLDF and Kids Right to Read Project Defend Fun Home

After the recent attack on Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic in New Jersey, CBLDF and the Kids Right to Read Project drafted a letter of support to encourage the Superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional High School to stand behind their own curriculum. Fun Home Was assigned to several senior English…

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Fun Home Under Fire in New Jersey

May 29, 2018
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Fun Home Under Fire in New Jersey

Fun Home is under attack again, this time in a New Jersey High School. Steve DiSturco and Mark Bisci, two parents of students at Watchung Hills Regional High School, want the award-winning graphic novel removed from the 12th grade curriculum due to “the sexually explicit nature.” Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is a graphic novel memoir…

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New Jersey Student’s Trump Art Removed from High School Show

June 9, 2017
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New Jersey Student’s Trump Art Removed from High School Show

A high school junior in Morristown, New Jersey, is finding himself in the limelight after his satirical portrait of President Donald Trump was removed from his school’s annual art show. Morristown High School student Liam Shea said that Principal Mark Manning first complimented his work and then said it would be taken down because “other people…

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