September 22, 2021

Pennsylvania school district reverses ban on books by authors of color

Sep 22 2021 A wide-ranging ban on books in a southern Pennsylvania school district has been reversed following widespread protests and criticism. The ban, which was implemented last October by the Central York school board, focused almost entirely on titles by or about people of color, with a lengthy list of works by acclaimed authors including Jacqueline Woodson, Ileoma Oluo and Ibram X Kendi all prohibited. Teachers were informed that titles including Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography and children’s books about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr were also banned, along with articles and videos, including a documentary about the writing...

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LGBTQ-Friendly 3rd Grade Teacher Reinstated to Her Classroom

On September 13th, we wrote about Lauren Crowe, a third grade teacher from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, getting pulled from her classroom because of her TikToks sharing LGBTQ-friendly teaching resources and children’s books about activism. A fundraiser on behalf of Ms. Crowe ran while she was removed from teaching, selling t-shirts reading “Glen Ellyn is for EVERYONE,” with EVERYONE in rainbow. It closed having raised over $2,000, with 214 shirts sold — well clear of their 150 shirt goal. During her absence, supportive chalk artwork reading “Choose to include,” “Lincoln LOVE: All are Welcome Here,” and “Spread Love + Kindness” was...

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