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Virginia Senate Passes Bill That Undermines Education

March 2, 2016
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Beloved Toni Morrison

In 22 to 17 vote, the Virginia Senate passed House Bill 516, which will require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content.” According to the National Coalition Against Censorship, the bill could “invite divisive challenges to educationally valuable material, interfere with teachers’ ability to teach effectively, and implicitly encourage schools to avoid such material…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Protesting Virginia Bill that Undermines Education

February 25, 2016
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CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the National Coalition Against Censorship in opposing the implementation of a bill going before the Virginia legislature that would require public schools to notify parents of “sexually explicit content” and “relies on a standard that is both over-inclusive and vague…. titles as varied, valuable, and time-honored as Anne Frank’s The Diary of…

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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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Virginia House Bill Could Legitimize A Way to Ban Sexually Explicit Content in Schools

February 10, 2016
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Beloved Toni Morrison

A controversial bill is going before the Virginia legislature that would allow parents to take a more active role in regulating their children’s education and give them the option to opt their children out of specific assignments that they might deem inappropriate. While parents should have the right to determine what their children read, the bill…

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Administrators Shut Down Virginia Schools After Muslim Indoctrination Claim

December 21, 2015
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Schools were closed in Augusta County, Virginia on Friday after one parent cried “Muslim indoctrination” over a 9th grade history assignment. When Kimberly Herndon learned that her son who attends Rivershead High School would be copying the Islamic phrase known as the Shahada as part of an exercise to demonstrate the “artistic complexity of [Arabic]…

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School Censorship Update: Victory in Two Delaware School Districts, Setback in Hanover County

January 16, 2015
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School Censorship Update: Victory in Two Delaware School Districts, Setback in Hanover County

While we’ve largely focused on the tragically relevant Charlie Hebdo attack and its global aftermath for much of the past week, the business of U.S. school boards has been marching on as well. We have a few updates from cases in which CBLDF joined with other free speech advocates to oppose school policies that would…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposing Book Rating Proposals in Pennsylvania, Virginia

January 16, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposing Book Rating Proposals in Pennsylvania, Virginia

This week, CBLDF joined the other sponsoring members of the Kids’ Right to Read Project to support students’ and teachers’ free expression rights in two separate but similar cases that would restrict the right to read. CBLDF joins coalition efforts like these to protect the freedom to read comics. Censorship manifests in many ways, and…

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