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Kansas Teacher Suspended for Considering Part-Time Indian

October 5, 2018
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Kansas Teacher Suspended for Considering Part-Time Indian

According to The Emporia Gazette, Austin Schopper, an English teacher at Waverly High School in Kansas was suspended right before Banned Books Week, for suggesting The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian as an addition to his curriculum. The suspension is set to last nine days and will begin on September 11th. Schopper told…

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Drama Named Among Top 10 Most Banned Books of 2017

April 10, 2018
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Drama Named Among Top 10 Most Banned Books of 2017

For the third time, Raina Telgemeier’s YA classic Drama has been named to the American Library Association’s Most Banned Books list. This week, ALA released their top ten list of most frequently challenged books in 2017. Once again, the list is disproportionately filled with illustrated works. As a partner in the Kids’ Right to Read Project, CBLDF…

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Journalist Uncovers Censorship Attempts in Missouri Schools and Libraries

February 9, 2018
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Journalist Uncovers Censorship Attempts in Missouri Schools and Libraries

The recent challenge to Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give in Springfield, Missouri, inspired a local journalist to dig into attempts to remove content in schools and libraries in the state. In her research, Claudette Riley of the Springfield News-Leader uncovered 36 censorship incidents in the state, including attempts to remove 26 books, since 2014.…

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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under Fire in Las Vegas

November 17, 2017
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Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Under Fire in Las Vegas

Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is under fire again, this time at a school in Las Vegas, Nevada. We learned of the challenge via a biased news report. Shateraka Hampton is upset that her 7th grade son is reading the book for an assignment at Democracy Prep at Agassi Campus,…

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Victory in IL: Absolutely True Diary Retained in 10th Grade Curriculum

October 25, 2017
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Victory in IL: Absolutely True Diary Retained in 10th Grade Curriculum

In a victory for the freedom to read, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been restored to the 10th grade curriculum at Alton High School in Alton, Illinois. The book was temporarily suspended pending a review committee decision, after one parent simply requested an alternate assignment for their own child.…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary in Illinois School District

October 17, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary in Illinois School District

For at least the fifth time this year, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been challenged as part of a public school curriculum. This time it’s at Alton High School in Alton, Illinois, and CBLDF recently joined with other members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to urge that…

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Victory in MN: Annandale Board Rejects Challenge to Alexie Book

October 11, 2017
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Victory in MN: Annandale Board Rejects Challenge to Alexie Book

In a victory for the freedom to read, the school board in Annandale, Minnesota has chosen to keep Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the 9th grade curriculum despite calls from a small group of parents to ban it due to “explicit language.” CBLDF and other sponsors of the Kids’…

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VICTORY in Wisconsin: Board Unanimously Supports Part-Time Indian

July 17, 2017
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VICTORY in Wisconsin: Board Unanimously Supports Part-Time Indian

After a rather eventful challenge process that included a secret vote, Wisconsin’s Sauk Prairie School Board announced on Friday that members unanimously chose to retainThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie in the 9th grade curriculum. A local newspaper, the Sauk Prairie Eagle, has filed a Freedom of Information Act request…

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Wisconsin School Board Withholds Result of Secret Vote on Part-Time Indian

July 14, 2017
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Wisconsin School Board Withholds Result of Secret Vote on Part-Time Indian

The school board in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin has taken a secret vote on whether to remove Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the curriculum, but refuses to announce the result until its next public meeting on July 24. There is no clear justification for the vote happening in closed…

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Conejo Valley Board Leaves Part-Time Indian in Limbo for Upcoming School Year

June 30, 2017
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Conejo Valley Board Leaves Part-Time Indian in Limbo for Upcoming School Year

Despite a letter from CBLDF and other members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, the school board of Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, California failed to take any action on approving Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for 9th grade classroom use at its final meeting of…

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