November 28, 2015

Update: Utah: ACLU Wants District to Reconsider Restrictions on Two-Moms Book

We first posted on this story on May 31st: “Utah School District Places Book About Lesbian Moms Behind Counter”

From The Salt Lake Tribune:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah believes a decision by the Davis School District to limit elementary students’ access to a book about a lesbian couple raising children is likely unconstitutional.

The organization on Tuesday sent a letter to Davis School District Superintendent Bryan Bowles to request a meeting to discuss “the constitutional implications” of removing In Our Mothers’ House, by Patricia Polacco.


he decision to keep the book behind the counter followed an April 30 meeting during which a seven-member committee determined it didn’t align with district curriculum standards. The committee, composed of teachers, administrators and parents, voted 6-1 to keep the book off shelves, with Bountiful High librarian Trudena Fager casting the dissenting vote.

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Also via The Salt Lake Tribune:

ACLU Letter to Davis School District

Davis School District policy regarding appeals procedures for books.

See Also: ACLU of Utah Reaches Out To Davis School District To Discuss Constitutional Requirements

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