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Pennsylvania School District Retains Handmaid’s Tale on Summer Reading List

October 3, 2017
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Pennsylvania School District Retains Handmaid’s Tale on Summer Reading List

School district officials in Wyomissing, PA decided last week to keep The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood as an option on a summer reading list for 11th grade Honors English, despite complaints from parents who called the book “obscene” and claimed that it “gives teenage boys sexual ideas about females.” According to a list posted…

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Critical Trump Painting Relocated From PA Art Exhibit

December 21, 2016
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Critical Trump Painting Relocated From PA Art Exhibit

A last minute decision to move a painting explicitly criticizing president-elect Donald Trump to a smaller separate gallery during a Pennsylvania art show is raising concerns in the free speech community. The gouache painting by Brian Wiggins entitled “FUCK TRUMP” was initially submitted to be included in Allentown Art Museum’s exhibit Hues of Red and Blue:…

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West Allegheny Students Petition for Freedom to Read

June 27, 2016
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West Allegheny Students Petition for Freedom to Read

About 200 students of West Allegheny High School in western Pennsylvania have signed a petition asking that the full text of Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle be restored to the ninth grade reading list, after the assignment was modified earlier this year so students only read excerpts from the book. Parents had complained about…

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CBLDF Signs On to Support Transparency in West Allegheny Curriculum Planning

April 5, 2016
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CBLDF Signs On to Support Transparency in West Allegheny Curriculum Planning

CBLDF today signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project urging the West Allegheny, Pennsylvania school board to implement a clear policy regarding selection of curricular materials. Concerns arose after Jeanette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle was removed from a ninth-grade reading list last month in the…

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Censorship 2014: Summer Reading Under Attack

December 31, 2014
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Little Brother

Since most of the challenges and bans that we cover happen in schools, the summers have typically been slow news months for us in past years. So, naturally this year we took notice when challenge after challenge to books that had been assigned as summer reading popped up across the country. Collectively, this new and…

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Challenge to Jodi Picoult Book Struck Down in Pennsylvania

November 14, 2014
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nineteenminutes

Earlier this week, the Kennett Consolidated School District school board in Pennsylvania protected the freedom to read by voting 7 -1 to keep Jodi Picoult’s Nineteen Minutes on shelves in the high school library. Picoult’s widely-prasied book focuses on a school shooting and the events leading up to the shooting, including date rape and bullying. Nineteen Minutes…

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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

August 15, 2014
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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

A Pennsylvania school board, which last month voted to ban Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale as a high school summer reading book, has reversed that decision at its subsequent meeting, the National Coalition Against Censorship has learned. As in so many other school districts this summer, the Ringgold school board initially failed to follow its…

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Victory for Students in “Boobies” Case!

March 10, 2014
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Victory for Students in “Boobies” Case!

Free expression rights for public school students were resoundingly reaffirmed today, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Pennsylvania school district’s argument that it could prohibit students from wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets that read “I ♥ boobies!” The court denied the appeal of B.H. v. Easton Area School District with no comment,…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposing Book Rating Proposals in Pennsylvania, Virginia

January 16, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposing Book Rating Proposals in Pennsylvania, Virginia

This week, CBLDF joined the other sponsoring members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to support students’ and teachers’ free expression rights in two separate but similar cases that would restrict the right to read. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and…

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Petition Challenges School District’s Attempt to Ban Books

December 24, 2013
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A petition on Change.org came to CBLDF’s attention this week. The petition challenges a proposed policy in the Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pennsylvania, that would require all teachers in the district “to read and check each [book] for violence, language, sexual intensity, etc. and whatever they deem as ‘inappropriate’ will be taken out of…

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