Monday, June 16, 2008

Book complaint stirs changes at Appleton schools

Link to June 16 Appleton Post-Crescent article.

The modified policy states that "any adult resident within the school attendance area, any parent with children in the school or any employee assigned to the school may raise an objection" to materials used in the educational program or housed in the library collection, but the challenge must begin at the building level.

New language also specifies that the building procedure for handling a challenge applies only to materials within that building.

According to the article, the suggested policy change is not the result of any recent challenges in the Appleton Area School District, but rather a response to a book challenge in the Menasha School District, and its subsequent media coverage, that occurred this past spring.

Related articles:
"Menasha school board rejects removal of hip-hop book", Appleton Post-Crescent, May 23, 2008.
Reactions to the Menasha challenge from The Appleton Blog.

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