Review Committees in Tennessee, North Dakota and Maryland Vote to Keep Books on Shelves | Censorship News

Review committees decided to keep challenged books on the shelves in districts in Maryland, Tennessee, and North Dakota; two new grassroots organizations to fight book banning were started by Texas parents and grandparents across the country, respectively. 

Citing Parental Choice, North Dakota District School Board Votes to Keep ‘Not Age-Appropriate’ Library Books on the Shelves | KFYR
A committee of school staff, administrators, and community members in Williston, ND, reviewed 25 books. No titles were removed. Some will trigger a parental alert if a student checks it out. 

Tennessee District School Board Votes to Keep a Challenged Book in Schools | WPLN News
The Sumner County (TN) Schools board voted not to ban graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo, which tells the story of the author’s childhood living with his grandparents, a missing father, and a mother suffering from addiction. The review committee acknowledged in its report that the book contains “rough language” but found that the book’s message outweighed the concerns.

Maryland District Committee Retains 34 of 35 Challenged Books, Sets Limits on Two | Frederick News-Post
In the final results of a 35-book review process that took more than a year Frederick County (MD) Public Schools (FCPS) announced it would remove Triangles by Ellen Hopkins from libraries in the school system and take Crank by Hopkins and Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas out of library circulation at the middle school level. 

How a Group of Grandparents is Mobilizing to Push Back Against Moms for Liberty | The 19th
Grandparents for Truth, a project of progressive advocacy group People for the American Way, is working to fight book bans, right-wing school boards, and what it describes as authoritarianism in the nation’s schools.

New Parent Group Pushes Back on Texas Book Bans | KERA
A group of parents launched the Texas Freedom to Read Project over concerns that state regulations infringe on free speech and access to ideas and dehumanize students and librarians. 

South Carolina District Temporarily Replaces Book Policies with State’s Proposed Regulations | Post and Courier
The Berkeley County (SC) School Board has suspended its policies regarding the review of instructional materials. The temporary suspension is so the board can follow the state Department of Education’s recently released draft proposal of regulations that would impose tighter restrictions on materials allowed in school libraries. 

Georgia District Bans Nearly Two Dozen ‘Sexually Explicit’ Books | WSB-TV 2
The Marietta City (GA) Schools school board voted 61 to remove 23 books considered to be “sexually explicit.” According to the superintendent, all the selected books lacked historical, cultural, and/or any educational value.

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