Posts Tagged ‘ policies ’

CBLDF Urges Objectivity for Highland Park School Board

November 11, 2014
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As the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District continues to deal with parental complaints about certain books approved for classroom use, CBLDF yesterday joined the National Coalition Against Censorship and five other free speech organizations to send a letter urging the school board and superintendent to make decisions “based solely on sound educational grounds” rather…

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Riverside School District May Review Challenge Policy After Fault Ban

October 7, 2014
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Riverside School District May Review Challenge Policy After Fault Ban

Some Riverside, California school board members are urging a revision of policies on library book selection and challenges after a review committee recently banned John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars from middle schools. The procedures do not appear to be clearly spelled out in current board policy. Although the board does not seem to…

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Superintendent Admits Policy Ignored in Little Brother Case

July 23, 2014
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Superintendent Admits Policy Ignored in Little Brother Case

Well over a month after a high school principal in Pensacola, Florida cancelled a summer reading program rather than allow students to read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, we finally heard this week from that principal’s boss, Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. While Thomas admitted that Washington High School Principal Michael Roberts ignored or…

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Long-Ago Book Challenge Illustrates Importance of Library Policy

July 10, 2014
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Long-Ago Book Challenge Illustrates Importance of Library Policy

In the first half of the 20th century public libraries were strictly for edification, not entertainment. Most librarians thought nothing of excluding or removing from their collections books that were considered too frivolous (comics chief among them, of course) or controversial. That attitude began to change in the 1950s, as represented by library science professor…

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Pasco County Response on Paper Towns Falls Short

July 2, 2014
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Pasco County Response on Paper Towns Falls Short

Yesterday we told you about the letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship, signed by CBLDF and other anti-censorship organizations, urging Florida’s Pasco County School District to restore Paper Towns by John Green to an eighth grade summer reading list. Now Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning has responded to local and national criticism by claiming…

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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore Paper Towns in Pasco County

July 1, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Call to Restore Paper Towns in Pasco County

Following last week’s news that John Green’s Paper Towns was removed from a summer reading list in Pasco County, Florida without due process, CBLDF yesterday joined a coalition calling on the school district to restore the book and to follow its own policies for dealing with challenges to materials. When a parent emailed a Pasco…

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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

June 30, 2014
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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

Here’s some good news to start the week: The school board in Grants Pass, Oregon has approved Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for use in 10th-grade English classes after it was initially rejected by the district’s curriculum council. Each board member read the entire book, and all but one “found the…

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Florida School District Removes Paper Towns From Reading List

June 25, 2014
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Florida School District Removes Paper Towns From Reading List

Florida seems to be the place for unilateral book bans this summer. A few weeks after a Pensacola high school principal cancelled an entire summer reading program rather than let students read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, now a Tampa-area school district has removed Paper Towns by John Green from an eighth-grade summer reading list without…

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The Curious Incident of the Wilson County School Board

June 12, 2014
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The Curious Incident of the Wilson County School Board

When books are challenged in libraries and schools, one of the most important things for governing boards and administrators to do is have a clear and complete challenge policy already in place–and to actually follow it. Since last month the Wilson County School Board in Tennessee has been illustrating how not to go about it…

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