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Texas School Board Stands Ground on Sixth Grade Required Reading

September 22, 2016
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trash-iqbal

The school board in Argyle, Texas, is standing their ground regarding two required reading titles despite a small number of parents asserting that the books are not age-appropriate and tackle tough concepts best discussed at home. The books in question, Andy Mulligan’s Trash and Francesco D’Adamo’s Iqbal, became the center of debate during Monday’s school board meeting open…

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Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

June 14, 2016
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Round Rock Schools Issue Statement on Author Disinvitation

The school district in Round Rock, Texas has issued an evasive response to author Phil Bildner’s allegation that his disinvitation from eight schools he had been slated to visit there this fall was due to his previous recommendation that students read the novel George by Alex Gino, which features a transgender protagonist. In a statement…

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Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

June 8, 2016
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Texas School District Cancels Author’s Visit After Transgender Book Recommendation

The Round Rock Independent School District in Texas has uninvited author Phil Bildner from all eight schools he was scheduled to visit there this fall, apparently because he recommended a book featuring a transgender protagonist when he visited the district last year. Bildner is well-known by teachers and librarians around the country for his dynamic…

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Censorship Battles Take a Toll on Educators

January 14, 2016
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Censorship Battles Take a Toll on Educators

Virtually every public school district across the country has a policy on how challenges to materials should be handled. One of the many benefits of observing these policies is that they help to shield the districts’ own employees — teachers and librarians — from personal attacks hashed out in public. All too often, book challenge…

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Book Challenge Debates Often Fuelled by Willful Ignorance

November 16, 2015
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Book Challenge Debates Often Fuelled by Willful Ignorance

Last year, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David K. Shipler’s book The Working Poor: Invisible in America was one of seven that were briefly suspended en masse from the school district curriculum in the affluent Dallas enclave of Highland Park. Although the district quickly reversed that action after much local and national criticism, The Working Poor later…

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TX Librarian Takes Student Advice When Building School Library

September 25, 2015
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Librarians face a unique set of challenges that often puts them in the perceived role of being responsible for the materials that their patrons consume, even more so when those patrons are children and the library is at a school. Teacher Kendra Fortmeyer faced this obstacle when she was asked to develop a new library,…

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VICTORY in TX: LGBTQ Books Remain in Hood County Library

July 15, 2015
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VICTORY in TX: LGBTQ Books Remain in Hood County Library

Following a packed community forum where residents of Hood County, Texas spoke both for and against two LGBTQ-themed children’s books in the local public library, county commissioners decided yesterday that My Princess Boy and This Day In June will remain on the shelves. Library director Courtney Kincaid and the library’s advisory board had already denied…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending LGBTQ Children’s Books in Hood County

July 13, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending LGBTQ Children’s Books in Hood County

In advance of a meeting where county commissioners in Hood County, Texas will hear citizen complaints against two LGBTQ-themed picture books in the local public library, CBLDF today joins with a coalition of free speech advocacy organizations led by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to send a letter in support of library director Courtney…

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Fifty Challenges Filed Against LGBTQ Children’s Books in Rural Texas County

July 3, 2015
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Fifty Challenges Filed Against LGBTQ Children’s Books in Rural Texas County

Over 50 residents of Hood County, Texas have filed formal challenges against two LGBTQ-themed children’s picture books found in the local public library. Library director Courtney Kincaid and an advisory board have already refused to move My Princess Boy and This Day in June out of the children’s section, but the Hood County Commissioners may…

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Muslims, Charlie Hebdo Counter Geller’s Divisive Narrative

May 8, 2015
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Muslims, Charlie Hebdo Counter Geller’s Divisive Narrative

In the days since two gunmen targeted a conference and Muhammad cartoon contest organized by anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller in Garland, Texas, many Americans have been forced to grapple with what it means to support free speech for all — even those with whom one strongly disagrees. But the debate has also highlighted one of…

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