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The Cabarrus County School Board are reviewing the district’s policies guiding age-appropriate books in school libraries. According to the Charlotte Observer:

Board members during a meeting Monday night agreed books have “fallen through the cracks” despite some policies being in place, member Carolyn Carpenter said. One of those books, “Looking for Alaska,” an award-winning teen novel by John Green, has been at the center of drama between the board and hundreds of parents who believe the board will enact policies that make it easier to ban books and learning materials someone deems offensive.

The board discussed a draft policy Monday but made no decision. Instead, all seven board members decided a pair of committees dedicated to instructional materials and board policies should discuss the draft first.

Opponents accused the Board and parents of wanting to ban books and undermining teachers and librarians.

Meanwhile, a teacher in Tennessee made a video that went viral outlining the laborious process she had to go through to ensure her 3rd Grade class did not provide objectionable books to third graders.

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