If you've been following the Vamos a Cuba story in Miami (see previous entries here, here, and here), you'll be interested to hear that a federal judge has said that for now the children's picture book (and others in the series) should not yet be removed. Matthew I. Pinzur, the lead education reporter at the Miami Herald, has the latest:
A series of children's books banned this month by the Miami-Dade School Board must stay in the district -- and possibly in the schools -- until a federal judge holds a preliminary hearing in late July.
Copies of Vamos a Cuba and 23 other titles in the same series remain in school libraries, according to School Board attorney Luis Garcia. U.S. District Judge Alan Gold told the district today to keep possession of the books, saying he wanted to ''hold the status quo'' until a July 21 hearing, but he did not specify whether the books need to remain on shelves and accessible to students.
''One way or another, these books are going to remain here until I rule on this case,'' Gold said.
To read the entire piece at the Miami Herald, click here.
On his blog, Pinzur notes that a school board member, who is running in a hotly contested election, sent a memo to schools chancellor Rudy Crew asking the status of the book removal, stating, "With all due respect, neither your or the school board attorney have the authority to override or delay the decision and directive of the duly elected school board members, as represented in this majority decision, reached after much scrutiny and debate." Crew responded, and you can read what he said on Pinzur's blog.
Needless to say, it looks like the Vamos saga will continue well into the summer, at least.