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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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Mangaman Retained After Challenge in Washington School

February 2, 2017
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Mangaman Retained After Challenge in Washington School

One of the more memorable book challenges that we covered last year came when the mother of a high school student in Issaquah, Washington pushed to have the graphic novel Mangaman removed from Issaquah High School’s library due to one panel showing pixelated genitals. We have recently learned via ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom that…

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VICTORY in Virginia: State Board Rejects Classroom Censorship Proposal

January 31, 2017
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VICTORY in Virginia: State Board Rejects Classroom Censorship Proposal

VICTORY in Virginia! At a meeting last week, the state Board of Education rejected a proposed regulation that would have required schools to warn parents about educational materials containing “sexually explicit” content. CBLDF and our partners in the National Coalition Against Censorship sent multiple letters opposing the regulation and the nearly identical bill that passed…

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One Million Moms Group Takes Aim at Highlights for Including LGBTQ Parents

December 23, 2016
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One Million Moms Group Takes Aim at Highlights for Including LGBTQ Parents

The advocacy group One Million Moms, which has previously made news with futile boycotts of Archie and the Lucifer TV series, has a new target for its ire: Highlights magazine, the waiting room mainstay aimed at kids from 6-12. This time the group is up in arms over Highlights’ recent announcement that it will include…

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Virginia School Board Votes to Restore Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn

December 7, 2016
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Virginia School Board Votes to Restore Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn

The classic novels To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are back in school libraries and classrooms in Accomack County, Virginia today after the school board last night voted not to ban them in response to a parent’s complaint about racial slurs in the books. The board also formed a committee to…

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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

December 2, 2016
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UPDATED: CBLDF Joins Defense of Perks in Dubuque Community Schools

Update 12/2/16: After a public meeting attended by over 100 people last night, Dubuque Community Schools’ review committee unanimously voted to retain The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the curriculum. More than 40 members of the public offered comments, and according to local news station KWWL “the overwhelming majority of those who spoke over…

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Intellectual Freedom Award Goes to Librarian Who Weathered Protests Against Program on Islam

November 30, 2016
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Intellectual Freedom Award Goes to Librarian Who Weathered Protests Against Program on Islam

Wendy Campbell, the library director in the small town of Darby, Montana, who successfully organized a community discussion on Islam despite objections from some local residents, has been announced as the 2016 recipient of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award from the University of Illinois’ School of Information Sciences and the publishing imprint Libraries…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of World History Textbook in Tennessee

November 22, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of World History Textbook in Tennessee

In response to a Sullivan County, Tennessee parent who wants an entire world history textbook removed from her local school district’s seventh grade curriculum due to what she calls “Islamic indoctrination” in the unit on world religions, CBLDF and its partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project have sent a letter to the superintendent…

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Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

November 18, 2016
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Iowa Parent Wants Perks Removed from Advanced High School Class

The mother of a high school senior in Dubuque, Iowa has filed a challenge to remove Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from classrooms in the Dubuque Community School District. Even though the Contemporary Literature teacher at Dubuque Hempstead High School already accommodated Jodi Lockwood’s request for an alternate assignment for her own…

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Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

November 11, 2016
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Tennessee Parent Wants World History Textbook Removed Due to Coverage of Islam

The mother of a seventh grader in Sullivan County, Tennessee this week filed a formal challenge to an entire world history textbook because she believes that some parts of the unit on religions amount to “Islamic indoctrination.” Backed by a lawyer from the California group Freedom X, Michelle Edmisten told Sullivan County School Board members…

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