Magazine article American Libraries

School Librarians Drop Consent-Policy Appeal

Magazine article American Libraries

School Librarians Drop Consent-Policy Appeal

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Library media specialists at the Irving (Tex.) Independent School District have agreed to withdraw their appeal of a policy requiring middle-school students to get parental permission before checking out When Jeff Comes Home. Superintendent Jack Singley set the policy in December 2005, following a complaint that parent Dana Foster filed after her 11-year-old daughter checked out the novel--which deals with a teenage boy's recovery from sexual abuse--from the Travis Middle School library, the Dallas Morning News reported January 11.

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"After we did all of our research, we just decided it was better for right now to withdraw the appeal," said Heather Lamb, librarian at the Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School. "We're still going to fight for First Amendment rights, just not this battle." At its January 9 meeting, the school board canceled a public hearing on the policy after Lamb and the other librarians agreed to support it. …

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