Pennsylvania school district rolls back ban on race-related books

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Pennsylvania school district rolls back ban on race-related books

Hannah Brandt writes the following in “Central York School District Reverse Book Ban After Growing Protests” for ABC27 News:

After weeks of protest, the Central York School District [in Pennsylvania] decided to overturn a controversial ban on books.

In August, the district emailed staff with a list of resources they were told not to use in class. The list included dozens of books, websites and films on race and racism, many of them black authors.

When the district’s students learned of the ban, they staged a series of protests, asking the district to overturn it. …

[A] The Central York School District Diversity Education Specialist says she helped put together the original list as a resource for people in the district to use. She was shocked when the board members decided to ban her. …

During a meeting on [Sept. 20,] Central York School Board President Jane Johnson insisted the whole situation was a misunderstanding.

“What we were trying to do is balance legitimate academic freedom which might be literary material that is too militant in nature and which might lean more towards indoctrination rather than age-appropriate academic content,” Johnson said. …

After hearing several speakers, some board members apologized for not taking action sooner. They voted unanimously to overturn the ban.

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