North Carolina: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Reverses Ban on Banned Books Week Events at Schools
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools quickly reversed a ban Friday on Banned Books Week events planned in schools. In an email to principals Friday afternoon, a CMS spokeswoman warned that the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week Oct. 1-7 “is not aligned with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools academic curriculum or our pillars of excellence. “It is not something we teach in our classrooms or as supplementary material for out of school learning,” CMS chief communications officer Shayla Cannady said in the message, a copy of which was obtained by The Charlotte Observer.
WFAE first reported about the message.
By Friday night, CMS reversed course. “We are not taking a position on banned book week as it is a site-based decision,” according to a follow-up message Cannady sent to principals after 8 p.m. “It is not a violation or in any way associated with Parents Bill of Rights.”
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