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Why ‘Mockingbird’ has been challenged

Washington Post – “Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ may be considered a classic but that doesn’t mean everybody likes it.”

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Novel can’t be discussed in class, Fremont school board rules

Oakland Tribune – “As it did one year ago, the Fremont Unified school board this week shot down a proposal that would have allowed a controversial novel to be discussed in class, and said that in the future, books that have been rejected should not be brought back to them for reconsideration for at least two years. A high school teacher had asked to assign Dorothy Allison’s “Bastard Out of Carolina” as required reading for students in Advanced Placement English. The book tells the story of a girl beaten and raped by her stepfather and includes scenes of masturbation.”

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Fremont school board to review controversial book

Contra Costa Times – “A controversial novel that the school board banned from classrooms this past school year will be considered again tonight. The board meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall, 3300 Capitol Ave. In June 2009, a high-school teacher sought permission to assign Dorothy Allison’s “Bastard Out of Carolina” to her students in her Advanced Placement English class. The book tells the story of a girl whose stepfather beat and raped her.”

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School district pulls gay-themed book

UPI – “A South Jersey school district has banned from its library one of three gay-themed books attacked by a right-wing group. The Rancocas Valley Board of Education said at a meeting Tuesday night that “Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology” included some obscene material, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The board oversees a regional high school for students in the Mount Holly area.”

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Students should be able to enjoy wide range of books, not censorship

Daily Illini – “In late January, a small Virginia town’s headlines exclaimed its public school system was pulling an “explicit text” from the curriculum of its schools. The book was criticized for its “sexually suggestive references” and comments of a “homosexual nature.” Countless other schools nationwide have pulled the same book off school and public library shelves for being “too depressing.” Even the Alabama State Textbook Committee tried to reject the book in 1983 because it was “a real downer.”

Imagine my surprise when the picture accompanying the story about what must have been an undoubtedly graphic and morbidly depressing piece of literature was that of a smiling 12-year-old Anne Frank. Though the “explicit text” was temporarily reinstalled into circulation after international uproar, the usage of this particular edition will be reviewed before deciding whether it will return to the hands of students this fall.”

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Idea of Banning Books Hangs Over Campaign Finance Debate

Legal Times – “In September, when the U.S. Supreme Court held its second round of oral argument in Citizens United v. FEC, Solicitor General Elena Kagan took the unusual step of backing away from a point made months earlier by a deputy. “The government’s answer has changed,” she said, and it no longer believes that the Federal Election Commission has the authority to restrict or ban books.”

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Banned in Texas prisons: books and magazines that many would consider classics

American Statesman – “Ask the Texas Department of Criminal Justice how many book and magazine titles it has reviewed over the years to determine if the reading material is suitable for its inmates, and officials will give you a precise number: 89,795. Ask how many authors are represented on the list, and they can tell you that, too: 40,285. But ask how many of those books and magazines have been rejected because prison reviewers decided they contain inappropriate content, and prison officials will tell you that information is unavailable: “There’s just no way to break that out,” said Tammy Shelby, a program specialist for the prison agency’s Mail System Coordinators Panel.”

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Sexual content in Anne Frank

Examiner – “The Diary of a Young Girl’ survives book-banning flap in Culpepper VA”

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School system in Va. won’t teach version of Anne Frank book

Washington Post – “Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank’s diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes.”

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‘Sexual content’ leads one Fond du Lac parent to ask for book to be taken off middle school library shelf

The Northwestern – “A popular, young adult book in the Theisen Middle School Library is being challenged as inappropriate. Parent Ann Wentworth of Fond du Lac has issued a formal complaint with the school district, objecting to “sexual content too mature for 11- to 14-years-olds” in the book “One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies” by Sonya Sones.”

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