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John Green Rallies Fans in Defense of Looking for Alaska Teacher

April 5, 2016
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John Green Rallies Fans in Defense of Looking for Alaska Teacher

Blockbuster author John Green is rallying supporters around a high school teacher in Marion County, Kentucky who has been publicly attacked for teaching Green’s book Looking for Alaska in a 12th grade English class. A letter from at least one community member slated to be published in the local weekly paper tomorrow describes the teacher,…

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Removal of Student Art Piece Incites Free Speech Concerns in Community

March 29, 2016
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A controversial piece pulled from a Denver, Colorado, student art exhibit earlier this month has incited concerns in the community about free speech violations and sending the wrong message to students when teaching art. The art exhibit, done as part of a Denver public school outreach program, asked students to “select a master work of…

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Police Demand Removal of Denver Student’s Art

March 25, 2016
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Police Demand Removal of Denver Student’s Art

Police associations and others successfully demanded the removal of a Denver 10th-grader’s artwork from a public building this week. The drawing shows a police officer in a Ku Klux Klan hood aiming a gun at an unarmed black youth with his hands up. The artwork was among dozens of student pieces on display in the…

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Ohio Middle School Student Suspended for Death Note Cosplay Prop

March 24, 2016
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Ohio Middle School Student Suspended for Death Note Cosplay Prop

An Ohio middle school student’s Death Note cosplay was a little too authentic for school officials, who recently suspended her for three days after a teacher found her prop “death list” notebook with other students’ names inside. The girl was dressed as Light Yagami for Fandom Day at Lakewood Middle School in Hebron. In the…

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

March 21, 2016
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

Good news! Two bills in the Florida legislature that would have facilitated challenges to instructional materials were allowed to die at the end of the legislative session earlier this month. The bills had been pushed by some of the same parents who last summer waged a futile campaign against four books found in Collier County…

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VICTORY in Florida: This One Summer Unrestricted in Seminole County High Schools

March 14, 2016
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VICTORY in Florida: This One Summer Unrestricted in Seminole County High Schools

In a victory for the freedom to read, we got word on Friday that Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer has been restored to open shelves in high school libraries. Illogically and in violation of district policy, the graphic novel had been restricted in the high schools after a challenge at the elementary level.…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Veto of VA “Sexually Explicit Content” Bill

March 9, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Veto of VA “Sexually Explicit Content” Bill

CBLDF today joined a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, urging him to veto House Bill 516 which would require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials. The bill has passed through both houses of the General Assembly, and the governor now has until April…

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Kentucky School Defends Student’s Right to Offend

March 1, 2016
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Kentucky School Defends Student’s Right to Offend

A Kentucky high school has stood by a student’s artwork, despite a police officer’s demand that it be removed as “propaganda [that] creates…future cop haters.” Rather than taking the drawing down earlier, the drawing was removed with the rest of the exhibit as scheduled at the end of the class unit last week. The artwork…

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Virginia School District Bans Anti-Discrimination Video That Parents Called “Divisive”

February 18, 2016
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Virginia School District Bans Anti-Discrimination Video That Parents Called “Divisive”

A Virginia school district has banned a 4-minute animated video that explains structural discrimination and affirmative action after some parents complained that it was “divisive” and cultivated “white guilt.” The video was shown to students at Glen Allen High School earlier this month as part of a longer Black History Month presentation. School administrators had…

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CBLDF Leads Fight for This One Summer in Seminole County High Schools

February 16, 2016
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CBLDF Leads Fight for This One Summer in Seminole County High Schools

CBLDF, organizational members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project, and other free expression advocacy organizations today sent a letter to Seminole County (Florida) Public Schools defending Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer in high school libraries. Student access to the book has been restricted at the high school level even though the original…

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