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NC School Board Changes Policy to Keep Challenged Books in Classrooms

September 8, 2015
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The Kite Runner

Earlier this summer, a unanimous vote successfully kept Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner in Buncombe County, North Carolina, classrooms and initiated a necessary discussion about whether existing school policy about how to handle challenged books should be changed. In a board meeting last Thursday, that conversation concluded, and it was decided that teachers could continue…

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Duke Students Debate Fun Home Summer Reading Selection

August 24, 2015
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Duke Students Debate Fun Home Summer Reading Selection

As incoming freshmen at Duke University wrapped up orientation week on Friday, campus newspaper The Chronicle checked up on the reaction to the choice of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home as an all-class summer reading book. Although some freshman have opted not to read the book because they believe it would conflict with their values, it’s…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District (Again)

June 30, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District (Again)

In advance of a school board meeting in Buncombe County, North Carolina, tonight, CBLDF has once more joined with a coalition of free speech advocacy organizations led by the Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter urging the board to accept the recommendation of two review committees to allow Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite…

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North Carolina Review Committee Unanimously Recommends The Kite Runner Stay in Class

June 23, 2015
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North Carolina Review Committee Unanimously Recommends The Kite Runner Stay in Class

Despite a mother and former school board member’s contention that The Kite Runner is inappropriate for a 10th grade Honors English class, a district-wide review committee in Buncombe County, North Carolina unanimously recommended last week that the school board allow the book to remain in classrooms. The novel by Khaled Hosseini still faces a school…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District

June 15, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Kite Runner in North Carolina School District

As a Buncombe County, North Carolina school district review committee prepares to make a recommendation to the school board on a challenge to The Kite Runner this week, CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project and other free speech advocates in urging committee members to keep the book in…

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“I Am A Champion for My Kids”: Teacher Battles Burdensome Notification Policy

June 8, 2015
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“I Am A Champion for My Kids”: Teacher Battles Burdensome Notification Policy

The North Carolina third-grade teacher who came under fire from some parents for reading the picture book King & King to his class is continuing to forcefully protest the suggestion that he should provide advance notice before sharing age-appropriate LGBTQ-themed materials with his students. In an interview with the Raleigh News & Observer last week,…

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North Carolina Parent Continues Campaign Against The Kite Runner

June 4, 2015
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North Carolina Parent Continues Campaign Against The Kite Runner

Despite a school-level review committee’s recent decision that The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is appropriate for a 10th grade Honors English class, the Buncombe County, North Carolina, parent and former school board member who wants it out of the classroom is pushing forward with her challenge. Lisa Baldwin objects to depictions of “homosexuality and…

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North Carolina Teacher Under Fire for Reading Same-Sex Fairy Tale in Class

May 18, 2015
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North Carolina Teacher Under Fire for Reading Same-Sex Fairy Tale in Class

King & King, a frequently-challenged picture book by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland about two princes who fall in love, is at the center of a controversy in rural Orange County, North Carolina. Third-grade teacher Omar Currie read the book to his class in order to put a stop to bullying against one particular…

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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

April 24, 2015
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North Carolina Woman Challenges Absolutely True Diary for Second Time

The Brunswick County, North Carolina woman who last year waged a fruitless months-long battle to have Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian banned from a local middle school has resurfaced this week to challenge the same book again, this time in a high school. This time around, she has adopted the…

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Coalition Urges North Carolina High School to Reverse Cancellation of Play

October 23, 2014
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Coalition Urges North Carolina High School to Reverse Cancellation of Play

CBLDF has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship and other advocates to protest the cancellation of a play at Maiden High School in North Carolina. The play, Almost, Maine, drew the ire of local churches because it features a same-sex couple. Principal Rob Bliss cancelled the play, claiming that he did so because of “sexually-explicit overtones…

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