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NJ School Board Decides Fate of 13 Reasons Why & Todd Strasser Books

July 23, 2019
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NJ School Board Decides Fate of 13 Reasons Why & Todd Strasser Books

The Westwood Regional School District’s board will be meeting this Thursday, July 25, and decide the fate of three YA books that have been challenged by a group of parents claiming the works could do “irrevocable harm” if not pulled from the middle school. The books challenged include Todd Strasser’s Boot Camp and Can’t Get…

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Pennsylvania School Board Stands Up for Curious Incident

May 22, 2019
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Pennsylvania School Board Stands Up for Curious Incident

Westmont Hilltop School District, a small district just to the west of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, voted last week to keep The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time as a choice on its summer reading list. The district’s board of directors listened to comments from the largest crowd in recent history before voting 10 -2…

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Conejo Valley, Return of the Asterisk Saga

April 5, 2019
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Conejo Valley, Return of the Asterisk Saga

Conejo Valley School District in California is reconsidering their policy of asterisking books with mature content on syllabuses – again. This policy, which has only been in effect for about 18 months, has generated controversy, news articles, and seemingly endless School Board meetings. Now with a new majority on the school board, there’s a chance…

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Drama Survives Ban in Ottawa Catholic Schools

January 17, 2019
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Drama Survives Ban in Ottawa Catholic Schools

Raina Telgemeier’s critically acclaimed graphic novel Drama has survived another attempt to ban it, this time in Ottawa Catholic Elementary Schools. CBC News reported on January 15 that they were shown emails ordering librarians at all Ottawa Catholic School Board elementary schools to remove the best-selling graphic novel after parents complained about the LGBTQ content…

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Education On the Ballot: 2018 Midterms

November 5, 2018
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Education On the Ballot: 2018 Midterms

Unless you’ve just woken up from a fairly long coma, you know that the midterm elections are Tuesday, November 6th. The midterm elections always experience a lower voter turnout than years when the presidency is up for grabs, but crucial elections are happening tomorrow, especially with regards to the future of education, all across the country.…

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Conejo Valley Will Revote on Contentious Asterisk Policy

July 11, 2018
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Conejo Valley Will Revote on Contentious Asterisk Policy

After a recent violation of the Brown Act, Conejo Valley School District has scheduled a revote on their controversial policy of adding asterisks to books on the curriculum written for mature readers. The Brown Act is part of California’s State Legislature that protects the public’s right to fully participate in meetings of their local legislative…

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Parents Complain About Michigan High School Course Materials

March 29, 2018
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Parents Complain About Michigan High School Course Materials

Linden Board of Education has developed policy changes to address parents’ concerns that the teaching materials being used were inappropriate. Six months ago, parents complained because they were unaware that R-rated movies were shown in classrooms and reading assignments contained graphic material. Superintendent Russ Ciesielski said that the school had not been following their own…

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Collier County School Board Voters Reject Censorship Agenda

September 9, 2016
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Collier County School Board Voters Reject Censorship Agenda

Two school board candidates in Collier County, Florida who supported an effort to ban four books from high school libraries last year have been defeated at the polls by two other candidates who favor intellectual freedom. The overall board is expected to maintain a 3-2 anti-censorship majority as new members Erick Carter and Stephanie Lucarelli…

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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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