Heated School Board Meetings, Lawsuits, and More Books Pulled from the Shelves | Censorship News

A roundup of recent book challenge efforts and news on the fight for intellectual freedom from Alaska, Pennsylvania, and Missouri.

Censorship efforts continue across the country. Here is a look at some recent stories about book challenges and the ongoing fight for intellectual freedom.

Some Anchorage, AK, Parents Heated Over ‘Inappropriate’ Books in School Libraries, KTUU
While the school board stressed it had a policy in place for concerns, parents railed against certain titles and accused the district of propaganda and “transitioning kids in school."

40 Books Pulled from Pender, NC, School Libraries, WECT6
No formal challenges were filed, but the titles have been removed from the shelves for review.

ACLU Sues Missouri Over Book Ban Law on Behalf of Missouri Association of School Librarians and Missouri Library Associations, NPR Kansas City
The ACLU asks the circuit court in Kansas City to find the law—that makes it possible for librarians to face fines and jail time for providing minors with “sexually explicit visual material”—unconstitutional.

NJ School Board Removes Book from Middle School, Advertiser-News South
The Upside Down of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli now will be only in the high school library.

Loud Turnout as San Ramon Valley, CA, Board Discusses Policy, Pleasanton Weekly
An informational session about the district's book acquisition guidelines and complaint processes drew educators, parents, and students.

CBSD Central Bucks County (PA) District Reviewing Dozens of Books, CBS Philadelphia
More than 60 books are being reviewed under a policy meant to "ensure that books are appropriate for the subject area and for the age, intellectual development, and ability level of the students,” according to a school board statement.

School Book Ban Bill Passes in Marathon Indiana Senate Session, The Statehouse File
Despite opposition from the Indiana Parent Teacher Association and ACLU, the “harmful materials to minors” bill, which would open up librarians to prosecution for books in their collection, passed through the state senate.

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