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VICTORY in Louisiana: Online Age-Verification Law Struck Down

October 10, 2016
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CBLDF is among a group of plaintiffs who have secured a permanent injunction against an unconstitutional Louisiana law that would have required websites to age-verify every Internet user before providing access to non-obscene material that could be deemed harmful to any minor. On Friday, October 7, Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson of federal district court…

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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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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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VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

April 4, 2016
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VICTORY in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Classroom Censorship Bill

In a victory for the freedom to read, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed a bill that would have required public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” in curricular materials. The bill arose from one parent’s attempt to ban Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved from her son’s AP English class after…

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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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VICTORY in NJ: Two Books to Remain on High School Reading List

November 20, 2015
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VICTORY in NJ: Two Books to Remain on High School Reading List

A review committee in Rumson, New Jersey found this week that Ariel Dorfman’s play Death and the Maiden and Bernard MacLaverty’s novel Cal are appropriate for upper-level high school students and thus should remain on the reading list at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. The committee was formed last month after some parents started an…

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13 Free Speech Victories for Banned Books Week 2015!

October 1, 2015
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13 Free Speech Victories for Banned Books Week 2015!

This year, CBLDF and its partners in anti-censorship advocacy have seen a dramatic increase in book challenges compared to last year. Fortunately, in most of those cases we and local free speech fighters have prevailed! Here are some free speech victories to savor this Banned Books Week. 1. Appoquinimink School District, Delaware After the parent…

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VICTORY in TX: LGBTQ Books Remain in Hood County Library

July 15, 2015
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VICTORY in TX: LGBTQ Books Remain in Hood County Library

Following a packed community forum where residents of Hood County, Texas spoke both for and against two LGBTQ-themed children’s books in the local public library, county commissioners decided yesterday that My Princess Boy and This Day In June will remain on the shelves. Library director Courtney Kincaid and the library’s advisory board had already denied…

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VICTORY in CA: Crafton Hills College Will Not Require Disclaimer on Graphic Novel Course

July 7, 2015
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VICTORY in CA: Crafton Hills College Will Not Require Disclaimer on Graphic Novel Course

After CBLDF last week joined with the National Coalition Against Censorship in urging Crafton Hills College not to require a disclaimer about potentially offensive content on future syllabi for a graphic novel class, the San Bernardino Community College District has reversed course and will leave the decision up to individual instructors. The issue arose after…

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Victory in Riverside! The Fault in Our Stars Returned to Middle Schools

December 9, 2014
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Last night the school board in Riverside, California voted 3-2 to restore John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars to middle school libraries, after it had been banned by a staff review committee in September. CBLDF and other members of the National Coalition Against Censorship had reminded the board and district administrators of the constitutional…

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