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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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Looking for Alaska Back in Lumberton, NJ Middle School Classrooms After Ban

October 16, 2015
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Looking for Alaska Back in Lumberton, NJ Middle School Classrooms After Ban

John Green’s Looking for Alaska was briefly removed from middle school classroom reading collections in Lumberton Township, New Jersey, this week, but was soon reinstated by Superintendent Joe Langowski who says he has “learned much” from the ban — namely, that district policy does not give him the authority to unilaterally remove materials. The targeted…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protecting Right to Read in NJ School District

October 9, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protecting Right to Read in NJ School District

In response to an online petition calling for the removal of Ariel Dorfman’s play Death and the Maiden and Bernard MacLaverty’s novel Cal from the curriculum at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in Rumson, New Jersey, CBLDF today joined with other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship to send a letter urging school district…

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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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