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Newspaper Readers Debate Merits of Beetle Bailey

April 18, 2017
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Newspaper Readers Debate Merits of Beetle Bailey

A war of Letters to the Editor has broken out in the pages of a small Massachusetts newspaper over the content of Mort Walker’s long-running comic Beetle Bailey, with one reader labeling the strip “totally outdated and loaded with unhealthy behavior” and another responding that the initial complainants should “get a life.” The tiff began…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

April 13, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Kite Runner in Arizona

CBLDF this week joined a coalition of free-speech organizations objecting to the abrupt removal of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner from the curriculum of Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, Arizona. Although students in Honors English 10 have read the book for several years, administrators allege that it was never officially approved for use. CBLDF…

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Bradbury Biographer Warns of Dystopian Future Without School Librarians

April 6, 2017
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Bradbury Biographer Warns of Dystopian Future Without School Librarians

Few would disagree that in the current context of rampant misinformation, students in public schools must be trained to seek out reliable facts and assess sources. Nevertheless, every year more and more school librarians–the professionals who teach those exact skills–are cut from their positions across the country. In a recent column for the Chicago Tribune,…

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New Jersey Parents Accuse School District of ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ via Animated Video

April 4, 2017
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New Jersey Parents Accuse School District of ‘Islamic Indoctrination’ via Animated Video

Two parents of public school students in Chatham, New Jersey have hired lawyers to represent them in a fight against what they label “Islamic indoctrination” in a middle school geography unit on world religions. In particular, Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer object to a brief animated video outlining the Five Pillars of Islam. Hilsenrath also…

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Arizona School District Pulls Kite Runner from Curriculum Mid-School Year

April 3, 2017
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Arizona School District Pulls Kite Runner from Curriculum Mid-School Year

Students at Williams Field High School in Gilbert, Arizona are looking for answers after Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner was abruptly pulled from the curriculum district-wide, just as Honors English 10 classes were to start reading it. Higley Unified School District issued a statement implying that the book had not been through a required approval…

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Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Funding to Local Libraries and Museums

March 21, 2017
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Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Funding to Local Libraries and Museums

Media coverage of cuts in the proposed federal budget unveiled by President Trump last week has focused on several well-known and important programs: the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the federal funds disbursed to Meals on Wheels. But largely overshadowed by those cuts is the proposed elimination…

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Arkansas Bill Would Ban Howard Zinn Books from Classrooms Statewide

March 13, 2017
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Arkansas Bill Would Ban Howard Zinn Books from Classrooms Statewide

A state legislator in Arkansas earlier this month introduced a bill with a very specific and highly unconstitutional goal: to ban all books by or about historian Howard Zinn from public school classrooms in the state. The bill is scheduled to be considered in the House Education Committee tomorrow; meanwhile, hundreds of Arkansas teachers and…

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Return for Second Year

March 2, 2017
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Return for Second Year

Much like Virginia, the state of Florida now has its own set of “zombie bills” that have returned to the legislature for the second year running, in an attempt to weaken education standards and allow any taxpayer–not just parents–to raise objections to instructional materials. House Bill 899 and Senate Bill 1018 were allowed to die…

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Parent Group Demands Changes or Cancellation for Illinois High School’s Civil Rights Seminar Day

February 17, 2017
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Parent Group Demands Changes or Cancellation for Illinois High School’s Civil Rights Seminar Day

Some parents in the northern suburbs of Chicago are complaining that an innovative all-day seminar on civil rights at New Trier High School will be “biased, unbalanced, [and] divisive.” Award-winning authors Andrew Aydin and Colson Whitehead are scheduled to speak at the seminar on February 28, but a parent pressure group wants the event cancelled…

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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

February 10, 2017
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California School District Removes Black History Month Art Exhibit After Parent Complaints

A school district in San Jose, California removed a Black History Month art exhibit from its administrative offices only a few hours after its installation last week, citing complaints from parents who were offended by artist Mark Harris’ mixed-media collages. Although the East Side Union High School District offices have for many years hosted annual…

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