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Critical Race Theory Course Taught at Peel Secondary School

Applewood Heights High School in Mississauga now offers a course teaching the controversial subject of Critical Race Theory to high school students. The course, titled Contemporary Black Studies, is described as exploring “contemporary black culture in Canada, through the lens of critical race theory.” Other topics on the program include …

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Proposed Climate Action Course for SD40 Schools

NWSS students say the climate crisis is not taught well enough in schools. Should the New Westminster School District create a high school course dedicated to the climate crisis? It was one of the ideas that emerged at the School District 40 board meeting on Feb. 22, when students from …

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Central Bucks student says call for book ban is ‘outdated’

A book ban effort has been launched at the Central Bucks School District, calling for the removal of certain books due to certain moral and social principles that parents say have been shattered by the books we read. Some of my sister schools, like Pennridge, have already gone out of …

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After review, Bedford County schools will not remove disputed books from school libraries | Education

After reviewing 11 challenged books found in select school libraries in the Bedford County Public Schools system, BCPS administrators and book review committees have made the decision not to remove any of the challenged titles from school libraries. At the November school board meeting, some parents called for certain book …

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Can’t find parking downtown? The Grand Rapids teenager has an app for that

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Vishnu Mano may not have his driver’s license yet, but he’s working to make downtown parking easier for Grand Rapids drivers. The 16-year-old has developed an app, called Observerwhich helps users find open parking spaces in downtown Grand Rapids. Mano, a junior from City High/Middle School …

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As battles over banned books escalate across the country, Utah librarians are on the front lines

Editor’s Note • This story is only available to Salt Lake Tribune subscribers. Please support local journalism. Wanda Mae Huffaker wears a lapel pin with an image of a book and a megaphone, and the words “Speak Out! For banned books. Huffaker, who has been a librarian in the Salt …

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Mental health in schools: the Huron-Superior Commission has an app for that

Educators receive an update on student supports; Wednesday’s final reunion for outgoing director Rose Burton Spohn Students facing mental health issues in schools is not a new phenomenon, but the need for mental health support has increased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic due to the academic and social upheaval it has …

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Watch now: Bixby School Board votes to keep two disputed books on library shelves | Education

According to data compiled by the American Library Association, it was the most frequently challenged book among school libraries nationwide in 2017, in part due to a Netflix adaptation of the same name. Citing the potential to help identify students struggling with mental health issues, the school board voted unanimously …

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Cumberland County health director backtracks, rescinds mask order

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) – The weight of the pandemic rests on the shoulders of Dr. Jennifer Green. The Cumberland County Director of Health announced Wednesday that she will be canceling her mask order. Starting Sunday, people will no longer be required to wear a mask inside Cumberland County. “The ability …

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Georgia lawmakers crack down on ‘obscene’ public school books and lessons on race

register here for The 74’s daily newsletter. Donate here to support The 74’s independent journalism. A The Georgia Republican lawmaker, author of a bill banning K-12 schools from teaching concepts about race that some people see as divisive, defended his measure on Feb. 9 against claims that it aims to …

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School district in Polk County, Florida removes sixteen books from school libraries

The National Coalition Against Censorship has written to Polk County Public Schools in Bartow, Florida over reports that sixteen books have been removed from district libraries pending a decision on challenges that the books are “harmful to minors”. The books in question include Beloved by Toni Morrison The bluest eye …

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Books generally remain on the shelves while a complaint is investigated. This is different.

BARTOW — According to Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid, in her first conversation Dec. 10 with the county’s Citizen Education Division Chief and Executive Assistant Kayla Church, she shared “concerns” about 16 book titles his group deemed inappropriate for children. But when those concerns were elevated Jan. 25 …

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R-XI puts more emphasis on websites | Local News

Select Union R-XI School District staff will receive a little extra pay to help keep the district’s new websites up to date. The school district is rolling out a new website and mobile app, part of new superintendent Dr. Scott Hayes’ vision to revamp how the district communicates with families …

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Parents who appreciate controversial books speak out as lawmakers discuss ‘parents’ rights’ bill

DES MOINES, Iowa — Parents’ rights to their children’s education have been a widely discussed topic at school board meetings, and now it’s being discussed at the Statehouse. A bill outlining what those specific rights would entail has been introduced in the Iowa Senate. We’ve heard the arguments against the …

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$1.2M Deficit in Books for Vernon School District – Vernon Morning Star

The Vernon School District spends more than it brings in. The school district’s annual budget includes $120 million in expenditures. The budget provides everything the district needs to educate its 8,700 students, including homeroom and specialist teachers, teacher aides, bus drivers, and all the people, buildings, and infrastructure needed to …

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Katy ISD Unblocks Four LGBTQ Websites – OutSmart Magazine

Katy ISD has unblocked four LGBTQ-affirming websites, according to student Cameron Samuels. Samuels, a high school student who uses the pronouns they/them, spearheaded the fight against a policy that previously banned all LGBTQ resources from the district’s internet server. “After the Montrose Center [website] was unblocked in December, they unblocked …

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Reading Books Doesn’t Hurt Children in Iowa

Threatening to throw a teacher or a librarian in jail would lead to an outcome that would be worse for everyone. Amy White January 19, 2022 9:56 a.m. The teenage and children’s sections of the Oxford Public Library are featured on October 21. (Liz Martin/The Gazette) You have probably already …

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Virginia Beach Schools Assess Concerns Over 6 Books :: WRAL.com

By the associated press VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia –Virginia Beach City public school administrators are expected to announce later this month whether six books that have been the focus of intense debate at school board meetings will remain in the system’s curriculum and libraries. School board member Victoria Manning called for …

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TVDSB administrator implicated in controversial websites resigns

Jake Skinner, the administrator of the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) representing five wards, announced his resignation in the middle of his term. Skinner was first elected in 2014 to represent wards 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13. In a letter to the Board of Directors, Skinner said, “After …

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Criminal complaints filed against books in Wake County schools

Some parents and community activists want criminal charges laid against North Carolina’s largest school system for distributing books with graphic language and pictures about sex to students. Nine criminal complaints were filed Tuesday with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office accusing the school system of distributing obscene and pornographic material. Some …

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No room for porn, but just review of school books

I was a little skeptical when Moms for the announced freedom he found 28 books “unacceptable” in school libraries in Indian River County containing “pornography and / or inappropriate sexual content or innuendo.” “Pornography”? This is serious business, not the tiresome complaints about the F-word, Holden Caulfield trying to lose …

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Three LGTBQ books with sexually explicit material from the Waukee school

Editor’s Note: This article is not suitable for young readers. WAUKEE, Iowa – Waukee community schools said they released three LGBTQ-themed books – Not all boys are blue, Lawn boy, and Homosexual gender – Northwest High School Library for review after receiving complaints about sexually explicit content, Axios Des Moines …

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California requires ethnic studies course for high school graduation – Scot Scoop News

In the middle of widespread protests last year, a demand was expressed loud and clear: schools should include an ethnic studies course in the curriculum. California became the first state to respond. On October 8, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom promulgated the law Assembly Bill (AB) 101, which added completion of …

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Board of Directors changes course and opts for SASS program | Local News

CONWAY – A month after choosing not to participate in a Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education initiative that allegedly provided free COVID-19 testing for students and staff in the Conway School District and with coronavirus cases on the rise, the Conway School Board reversed the …

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NC Lt Gov Robinson Shows Books On Video After LGBTQ Comments

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has said he “won’t back down” after being convicted nationally for calling “transgender” and homosexuality “filth.” In a video post on Saturday, Robinson blamed “the media and those on the left” for trying to “change the focus of education on the LGBTQ community – …

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Manatee School Board candidate guilty of website hacking

David Levin’s background in technology and politics took him to prison over five years ago. Now he hopes to learn from the past and bring his skills to the Manatee County School Board. In an interview Thursday, Levin said he hoped to keep mask mandates and critical race theory out …

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LGBTQ + group denounces efforts to ban 2 books from school libraries

FAIRFAX, VA – A group representing more than 425 LGBTQIA students from more than 30 schools sent a letter Thursday to the Fairfax County School Board calling on its members to reject efforts by some parents to remove two books from school libraries. The two books in question – “Gender …

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