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Tennessee High School Removes Student’s Rainbow Artwork from Classroom Display

May 2, 2017
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Tennessee High School Removes Student’s Rainbow Artwork from Classroom Display

Administrators at a Tennessee high school recently ordered the removal of a student’s LGBTQ-themed artwork from a classroom display case after other students complained about it. Principal Bobby Wines of Volunteer High School in Church Hill cited the complaints as proof that the rainbow-colored pastel drawing could not be allowed to remain because it “disrupted…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of World History Textbook in Tennessee

November 22, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of World History Textbook in Tennessee

In response to a Sullivan County, Tennessee parent who wants an entire world history textbook removed from her local school district’s seventh grade curriculum due to what she calls “Islamic indoctrination” in the unit on world religions, CBLDF and its partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project have sent a letter to the superintendent…

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Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

November 11, 2016
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Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

The mother of a seventh grader in Sullivan County, Tennessee this week filed a formal challenge to an entire world history textbook because she believes that some parts of the unit on religions amount to “Islamic indoctrination.” Backed by a lawyer from the California group Freedom X, Michelle Edmisten told Sullivan County School Board members…

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Custom-Redacted School Texts Make a Worrying Trend

November 24, 2015
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Custom-Redacted School Texts Make a Worrying Trend

In the past few months we’ve noticed an uptick in a different kind of censorship from what we usually see. Namely, a few schools across the country have assigned their students to read texts that were first edited by hand: words blacked out with marker and modified from what the author wrote. Unlike the more…

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Tennessee Parent Confuses “Gynecology with Pornography”

September 11, 2015
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Henrietta Lacks

Upset over the graphic nature of a passage in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a parent in Knoxville, Tennessee is taking her complaint to the district level and attempting to have the book removed from all local county schools. The New York Times bestselling biography of Henrietta Lacks—an African-American woman whose cervical cancer cells…

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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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