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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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New Jersey Parents Accuse School District of ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ via Animated Video

April 4, 2017
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New Jersey Parents Accuse School District of ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ via Animated Video

Two parents of public school students in Chatham, New Jersey have hired lawyers to represent them in a fight against what they label “Islamic indoctrination” in a middle school geography unit on world religions. In particular, Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer object to a brief animated video outlining the Five Pillars of Islam. Hilsenrath also…

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New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

August 5, 2016
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New Jersey Parent Objects to “One-Way Thinking” in Supplemental Text

A parent in Chatham, New Jersey, is asking the local school district to remove excerpts of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States from the high school curriculum, claiming that the book encourages “one-way thinking” rather than critical thinking. During the public comment period at the most recent school board meeting on July…

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New Bill Stops Promotes Free Press in New Jersey Schools

July 28, 2016
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New Voices New Jersey

New Jersey is considering a bill that will not only allow student journalists the right to exercise editorial control over content in school publications, but halt censorship from officials who might deem certain materials to be too controversial. The bill, which was re-introduced on June 30 is part of the broader New Voices of New Jersey campaign…

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Petition Against School Play Backfires in New Jersey

April 18, 2016
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Pippin

Parents in Cape May, New Jersey, protested the Middle Township High School reproduction of the Broadway musical Pippin, saying the usage of profanity and sexual innuendo is, what one person noted, moving kids away from an “ethical and moral lifestyle.” Moreover, they insisted that the school board take steps to make sure that plays such…

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VICTORY in NJ: Two Books to Remain on High School Reading List

November 20, 2015
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VICTORY in NJ: Two Books to Remain on High School Reading List

A review committee in Rumson, New Jersey found this week that Ariel Dorfman’s play Death and the Maiden and Bernard MacLaverty’s novel Cal are appropriate for upper-level high school students and thus should remain on the reading list at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. The committee was formed last month after some parents started an…

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Middle School Censorship Plan Leaves New Jersey Community Torn

November 5, 2015
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Looking for Alaska

As a result of controversy surrounding Superintendent Joe Langowski’s knee-jerk decision to temporarily pull John Green’s Looking for Alaska from Lumberton Township, New Jersey, classrooms, the school board met to discuss the institution of some kind of rating system that would identify and segregate books that have “mature themes,” effectively establishing a subjective system that…

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