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Miami Book Ban Headed to Court?

Last  week the Miami-Dade school board voted to ban the book Vamos a Cuba and its English-language counterpart, A Visit to Cuba, from all schools in the district, and it also voted to remove from the schools the rest of the same series about children in various countries. The informational picture books are published by Heinemann Library.  (See previous stories on Chicken Spaghetti here and here.)

Today Matthew I. Pinzur reports in the Miami Herald,

The Miami-Dade school district's own Student Government Association joined the American Civil Liberties Union in filing a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the School Board's decision to ban controversial children's books about Cuba and 22 similar books about other countries.

The Herald also notes,

Most board members said they personally read only a few, if any, of those other books.

Pinzur, the Herald's lead education reporter, also has a blog, Miami Gradebook: Inside South Florida Education.

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