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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

May 4, 2016
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U.S. State Department No Fan of Manga and Anime

The U.S. Department of State recently joined the United Nations in suggesting that Japan should restrict certain types of manga and anime, condemning what it calls “unfettered availability of sexually explicit cartoons, comics, and video games, some of which depicted scenes of violent sexual abuse and the rape of children.” The statement came in the…

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VICTORY in Kentucky: Looking for Alaska Stays in Curriculum

May 3, 2016
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VICTORY in Kentucky: Looking for Alaska Stays in Curriculum

In a victory for the freedom to read, a school district review committee in Marion County, Kentucky voted last night to keep John Green’s Looking for Alaska in the high school curriculum. The book had been challenged by a parent who also called 12th grade English teacher Emily Veatch “godless” and “shameful” in a letter…

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Substitute Teacher Fired for O’Keeffe Lesson

April 27, 2016
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Substitute Teacher Fired for O’Keeffe Lesson

A substitute teacher in Battle Creek, Michigan is out of a job after her lesson on the art of Georgia O’Keeffe unexpectedly fell afoul of a school district sex education policy last week. Allison Wint is not contesting her dismissal, but says she was unaware that simply uttering the word “vagina” without prior notification to…

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Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Asks Users to Report Theater Challenges

April 26, 2016
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Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Asks Users to Report Theater Challenges

Our colleagues over at the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund are building a new database of dramatic works challenged or censored in the United States, and they need your help! DLDF describes the new initiative at their website: The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund believes that the advancement of our society relies on the unfettered expression of…

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Dapier Receives Intellectual Freedom Award for Persepolis Research

April 20, 2016
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Dapier Receives Intellectual Freedom Award for Persepolis Research

Jarrett Dapier, the library science scholar whose Freedom of Information Act Request helped to uncover the truth about Chicago Public Schools administrators’ 2013 effort to ban Persepolis from classrooms and libraries, is receiving some well-earned recognition from the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table. The group announced yesterday that Dapier is the recipient of…

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Oregon School Bans Sex Ed Book, Disciplines Librarian Who Bought It

April 18, 2016
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Oregon School Bans Sex Ed Book, Disciplines Librarian Who Bought It

The classic — and frequently challenged — sex ed book It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris has reportedly been removed from an elementary school library in Rainier, Oregon, and the librarian who included it in the collection has been disciplined by school administrators despite the book’s presence on a statewide list of approved materials. Moreover,…

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VICTORY in Michigan: The Bluest Eye Remains in Northville AP Class

April 13, 2016
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VICTORY in Michigan: The Bluest Eye Remains in Northville AP Class

In a victory for the freedom to read, the school board in Northville, Michigan voted unanimously last night to keep Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in the curriculum for AP English Literature and Composition. To accommodate parents who had expressed concerns about the book, the board also said students may choose an alternate reading assignment…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye in Michigan School District

April 12, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Defense of The Bluest Eye in Michigan School District

Toni Morrison’s classic novel The Bluest Eye is under fire in yet another school district, with parents in Northville, Michigan saying the book might inspire “deviant behavior” and contains “negative references…against the Christian faith,” among many other complaints. In advance of a school board meeting tonight, CBLDF has signed on to a letter from the…

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Colorado School District Restricts Atheist Pamphlets Due To Cover Images

April 7, 2016
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Colorado School District Restricts Atheist Pamphlets Due To Cover Images

Another school district has painted itself into a corner regarding distribution of religious materials in schools. This time, it’s Colorado’s Delta County School District, which recently allowed passive distribution of Bibles in both middle and high schools, but restricted two atheist pamphlets to the high school only. The district cited the cover images — a…

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CBLDF Signs On to Support Transparency in West Allegheny Curriculum Planning

April 5, 2016
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CBLDF Signs On to Support Transparency in West Allegheny Curriculum Planning

CBLDF today signed on to a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Kids’ Right to Read Project urging the West Allegheny, Pennsylvania school board to implement a clear policy regarding selection of curricular materials. Concerns arose after Jeanette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle was removed from a ninth-grade reading list last month in the…

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