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Delaware School Board Removes The Miseducation of Cameron Post From Reading List

June 30, 2014
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Delaware School Board Removes The Miseducation of Cameron Post From Reading List

Yet another school district, in Delaware this time, has removed a book from a summer reading list without following its own procedure for reviewing challenged materials. The Cape-Gazette newspaper reported today that the Cape Henlopen school board voted on June 12 to remove Emily M. Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post as an option on…

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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

June 30, 2014
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Oregon School Board Overrules Pre-emptive Ban on Absolutely True Diary

Here’s some good news to start the week: The school board in Grants Pass, Oregon has approved Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for use in 10th-grade English classes after it was initially rejected by the district’s curriculum council. Each board member read the entire book, and all but one “found the…

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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

June 27, 2014
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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

As you may have heard, this week the Supreme Court unanimously decided that police must obtain a warrant to search the cellphone of someone they arrest. What does this mean for comics fans and professionals? We’re glad you asked! First, a little background on the ruling. In two cases – Riley v. California and United States…

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Florida School District Removes Paper Towns From Reading List

June 25, 2014
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Florida School District Removes Paper Towns From Reading List

Florida seems to be the place for unilateral book bans this summer. A few weeks after a Pensacola high school principal cancelled an entire summer reading program rather than let students read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, now a Tampa-area school district has removed Paper Towns by John Green from an eighth-grade summer reading list without…

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Pensacola Principal Cancels Little Brother Summer Reading Program

June 9, 2014
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Pensacola Principal Cancels Little Brother Summer Reading Program

In a move reminiscent of South Carolina’s months-long battle over Fun Home at the College of Charleston, a high school principal in Pensacola, Florida last week cancelled a One School/One Book summer reading program because he thought Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother was inappropriate for 9th and 10th grade students. Author and BoingBoing co-editor Doctorow posted…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

June 3, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Following this week’s news of yet another challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, CBLDF has once again joined with the other coalition members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to defend the book. Ahead of tonight’s school board meeting in Brunswick County, North Carolina, where community member Frankie…

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North Carolina Woman Challenges “Disgusting” Absolutely True Diary

June 3, 2014
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North Carolina Woman Challenges “Disgusting” Absolutely True Diary

We have nearly lost count of how many times Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been challenged in schools across the United States, but it’s happening again in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Frankie Wood, a 73-year-old great-grandmother who has no children in Brunswick County schools, has circulated a petition in…

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The Color Purple and The Bluest Eye Challenged in North Carolina AP Class

April 28, 2014
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The Color Purple and The Bluest Eye Challenged in North Carolina AP Class

Two frequently-challenged novels by African American authors are once again under fire in North Carolina–this time from a parent whose daughter is not even in the class where they were used. Wendell resident Dawn MacGibbon is pushing for Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to be removed from classes in…

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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

April 15, 2014
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The Bluest Eye Removed From Oklahoma High School Library Pending Review

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which yesterday made the list of the top 10 most frequently banned and challenged books of 2013, is facing yet another challenge in Durant, Oklahoma. Parent Michelle Williams heard about the book via social media, where it has been caught up in controversy over the Common Core standards, and investigated…

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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

April 7, 2014
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College of Charleston Student Valiantly Attempts to Reason With Lawmakers on Fun Home

We’re still waiting to find out how the South Carolina Senate will handle the House-approved budget which cuts funds from two public colleges for using LGBT-themed books, including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, in freshman reading programs. In the meantime, we came across a College of Charleston student’s account of her attempt to defend the book…

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