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Looking for Alaska Retained in Waukesha, Two More Books Challenged | CBLDF

Looking for Alaska gets to stay for now, but the decision is being appealed. Moreover, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher have also been challenged.

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lauriehalseanderson:

All hail Principal Paul McAbee of Albertville High School in Albertville, AL, for his response and dismissal of the challenge to SPEAK!

"Parents do have the right to monitor what their own children read but that right does not extend to children not their own. To allow a select few parents to ban books for all AHS students would be a terrible mistake."

See the entire article at CBLDF for more quotes and details!

Always nice to cover good news!

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Cape Henlopen Board Eliminates Entire Reading List in Dispute Over Cameron Post

In a disheartening turn of events, the Cape Henlopen School Board in Delaware last week eliminated an entire summer reading list for incoming high school freshmen amidst confusion over how to handle a challenge to one book.

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Charlie Adlard & John Cassaday Join CBLDF SDCC Auction!

Above, a piece by Adlard from The Walking Dead.

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"If you want us to love reading, then quit taking away the books we love."

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Billings, Montana high school student Mia Anderson, addressing a school board meeting last year on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

The book was ultimately retained in Billings, but is now under threat in Brunswick County, North Carolina, where local resident Frances Wood is waging a veritable crusade against it.

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Expert to School Board: Listen to Students on Cameron Post
Three cheers for retired librarian extraordinaire Pat Scales:

The people who are banning books are often people who don’t read the books. They aren’t interested in what children think; they are only interested in telling children what to think. History tells us that mind control is the basis for all types of censorship. That’s why I think that we have an obligation to encourage children and teenagers to state their views and to support their views using examples from the books they read. Censors give a lot of power to a book. They feel that books reinforce the “evil” or “bad” parts of teenagers’ lives. A good book doesn’t tell a reader what to think. It raises issues and points out things that a reader should think about. Censors don’t know this, and don’t want to believe it.

Expert to School Board: Listen to Students on Cameron Post

Three cheers for retired librarian extraordinaire Pat Scales:

The people who are banning books are often people who don’t read the books. They aren’t interested in what children think; they are only interested in telling children what to think. History tells us that mind control is the basis for all types of censorship. That’s why I think that we have an obligation to encourage children and teenagers to state their views and to support their views using examples from the books they read. Censors give a lot of power to a book. They feel that books reinforce the “evil” or “bad” parts of teenagers’ lives. A good book doesn’t tell a reader what to think. It raises issues and points out things that a reader should think about. Censors don’t know this, and don’t want to believe it.

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SDCC 2014: Thursday Events with CBLDF

Including two panels and…

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Superintendent Admits Policy Ignored in Little Brother Case
Well over a month after a high school principal in Pensacola, Florida cancelled a summer reading program rather than allow students to read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, we finally heard this week from that principal’s boss, Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. While Thomas admitted that Washington High School Principal Michael Roberts ignored or perhaps was not even aware of district policy on removing materials from the curriculum, he also gave no indication that the decision will be reconsidered.
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Superintendent Admits Policy Ignored in Little Brother Case

Well over a month after a high school principal in Pensacola, Florida cancelled a summer reading program rather than allow students to read Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, we finally heard this week from that principal’s boss, Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. While Thomas admitted that Washington High School Principal Michael Roberts ignored or perhaps was not even aware of district policy on removing materials from the curriculum, he also gave no indication that the decision will be reconsidered.

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