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Two Gunmen Killed at Muhammad Cartoon Event in Texas

May 4, 2015
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Two Gunmen Killed at Muhammad Cartoon Event in Texas

Two gunmen were shot and killed by police on Sunday after they opened fire on security guards at a Muhammad cartoon contest and exhibit in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas. The event was organized by conservative firebrand Pamela Geller and featured the anti-immigration Dutch politician Geert Wilders as keynote speaker. Police were not releasing…

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Texas ACLU Uncovers Multiple Challenges to Comics in 2013-2014

April 28, 2015
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Texas ACLU Uncovers Multiple Challenges to Comics in 2013-2014

While recently looking into the cases that landed three comics on the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we came across a veritable treasure trove of challenges that had flown under our radar: the Texas ACLU’s Annual Banned Books Report. Besides the challenges to Persepolis and Drama that we already covered, the…

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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

April 17, 2015
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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

Following the news that comics made up almost a third of the books on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we did a bit of investigating for more information on the challenges that landed Persepolis, Drama, and Saga on the list. Marjane Satrapi’s acclaimed graphic memoir Persepolis came…

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What Went Wrong in Highland Park?

February 13, 2015
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What Went Wrong in Highland Park?

In a disappointing but unsurprising move this week, the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District overhauled the process for approving books to be used in the curriculum. Instead of working from a list of pre-approved books, teachers will now be required to submit each title for approval along with supporting documentation. If the book is…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Warning Against Highland Park’s Policy Changes

February 9, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Warning Against Highland Park’s Policy Changes

Despite last week’s welcome news that a challenge to David K. Shipler’s book The Working Poor had been withdrawn in the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District, that was only one facet of a months-long dispute over what sort of books students in the district should be allowed to read for class. As the school…

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Highland Park Parent Withdraws Challenge to The Working Poor

February 6, 2015
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Highland Park Parent Withdraws Challenge to The Working Poor

The challenge to David K. Shipler’s nonfiction book The Working Poor in the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District ended this week before the review process could begin, as the parent who lodged the complaint abruptly withdrew it. Although she still objects to the book’s use in AP English classes, Meg Bakich says the current…

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Working Poor Challenged in Highland Park ISD

January 22, 2015
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Working Poor Challenged in Highland Park ISD

Nearly two months after a review committee in the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District decided not to ban Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain from classrooms, a parent has challenged another of the seven books that were temporarily suspended from the curriculum back in September. The new complaint from parent Meg…

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Highland Park Committee Reaffirms Art of Racing in the Rain

November 26, 2014
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Art of Racing in the Rain

In a report released this week, a 12-member review committee in the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District recommended retaining Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain on the approved reading list for sophomores and above. Out of seven books that were temporarily suspended from the approved list in September, Stein’s novel was…

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Highland Park Requires Parental Permission for Classics

November 19, 2014
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Forging ahead with an ill-considered plan that drew criticism from the National Coalition Against Censorship (including CBLDF) and the American Library Association, the Dallas-area Highland Park Independent School District last week revealed some of the books that students now need parental permission to read. In addition to three books that were previously suspended from and…

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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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