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Riverside School District May Review Challenge Policy After Fault Ban

October 7, 2014
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Riverside School District May Review Challenge Policy After Fault Ban

Some Riverside, California school board members are urging a revision of policies on library book selection and challenges after a review committee recently banned John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars from middle schools. The procedures do not appear to be clearly spelled out in current board policy. Although the board does not seem to…

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Persepolis Suspended from Curriculum in Another Illinois High School

September 29, 2014
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Persepolis Suspended from Curriculum in Another Illinois High School

Over the weekend, CBLDF and other member organizations in the National Coalition Against Censorship became aware of yet another challenge to Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, this time at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois. There is no news coverage of the issue as yet, but we’re told that the book has been suspended from a 12th…

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Undead Books Live on in Texas Library

September 24, 2014
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Undead Books Live on in Texas Library

A local minister’s effort to remove books dealing with vampires and the occult from the Young Adult section of the public library in Cleveland, Texas failed last week when the city council met to address the issue. In response to the challenge from Rev. Phillip Missick of King of Saints Tabernacle Church, Library Director Mary…

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Persepolis Challenged in Oregon School District

September 22, 2014
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Persepolis Challenged in Oregon School District

Banned Books Week is starting off with a bang, as we learned late Friday that Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis faces a challenge from parents in the Three Rivers School District in southwest Oregon. At a school board meeting last week, one parent complained that the book contained language he wasn’t permitted to say before the audience,…

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Chicago Public Schools Reassign Librarians, Endanger Freedom to Read

September 5, 2014
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Chicago Public Schools Reassign Librarians, Endanger Freedom to Read

When Chicago Public Schools administrators abruptly decided last year that Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis was not appropriate for some students, the directive to ban it initially went to school librarians. But instead of following the order, some of the librarians quickly spread the word to teacher colleagues and citizen journalists, and told the central office in…

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Texas Minister Wants Vampire Books Banned From Library

August 26, 2014
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Texas Minister Wants Vampire Books Banned From Library

A minister in the small Texas town of Cleveland is spearheading a petition drive to have 75 books that he labels “demonic” removed from the Young Adult section of the local public library. Pastor Phillip Missick of King of Saints Tabernacle says that the books, including the manga Vampire Knight and the Twilight series, “perpetuate a…

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Waukesha Rejects Challenges to Two More Books

August 21, 2014
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Waukesha Rejects Challenges to Two More Books

Last month when a school review committee in Waukesha, Wisconsin unanimously rejected a challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska, the positive outcome was somewhat tempered by the news that two further books had been challenged in the same school district by another parent. But at its meeting this past Wednesday, the Waukesha district’s Consideration…

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Institutions Quick to Censor Public Art They Commissioned

August 21, 2014
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Institutions Quick to Censor Public Art They Commissioned

Everyone knows that art is not always pretty or positive. Its purpose often is to comment on the surrounding world, causing viewers to reflect on society and their own preconceived notions. But particularly in the United States it seems, disruptive art that makes its way out of museums and galleries and into the streets frequently…

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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

August 15, 2014
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Pennsylvania School Board Rescinds Ban of The Handmaid’s Tale

A Pennsylvania school board, which last month voted to ban Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale as a high school summer reading book, has reversed that decision at its subsequent meeting, the National Coalition Against Censorship has learned. As in so many other school districts this summer, the Ringgold school board initially failed to follow its…

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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

July 30, 2014
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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged

We have another good news/bad news situation in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where a school district review committee last week unanimously rejected a parental challenge to John Green’s Looking for Alaska. But the challengers plan to appeal that decision to the full school board, and it turns out that two more books, The Kite Runner by Khaled…

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