Category Archives: Hannah Mueller: Author

Board of Ed v. Pico: 31 years of reading freely in school libraries

If you love libraries, you might know that today marks the anniversary of an important decision upholding the First Amendment in schools. In Board of  Ed. v. Pico (1982), the plurality opinion stated that school libraries have “special characteristics” as … Continue reading

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Anne Frank’s Diary will remain in school after complaint about sexual content

The Culpeper County, VA school system received national media attention three weeks ago when school officials said that The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition by Anne Frank would no longer be taught in middle school classrooms. A … Continue reading

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School defends R-rated films as essential teaching tools

The school board at Council Rock School District in southeastern Pennsylvania decided last week that teachers may continue to use R-rated movies in class.  Their defense of the policy comes after an extended controversy that began last fall when parent … Continue reading

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Two words on the chalkboard in Oregon draw complaints from parents

Athey Creek Middle School in West Linn, Oregon has taught its eighth grade students a First Amendment curriculum for ten years, addressing the controversies surrounding commonly-banned books and reading the books in class. The unit drew no major criticism until … Continue reading

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“Doomsday” budget may shut down Philadelphia Library system

As Benjamin Franklin rolled over in his grave, the Pennsylvania State Senate discussed Wednesday night whether all of Philadelphia’s 54 libraries will have to close on October 2.  Mayor Michael Nutter’s Plan C, or “Doomsday,” budget will start to go … Continue reading

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Apple censors the dictionary

Once again, a software company reveals its power over our access to information by making a dumb decision.   This time, Apple rejected a dictionary application, Ninjawords, because it included words Apple deemed inappropriate. According to an interview by John … Continue reading

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High school student sues Amazon for deleting 1984 from Kindle

Amazon.com is facing a class-action lawsuit for remotely deleting two George Orwell titles, 1984 and Animal Farm, from all its customers’ Kindles.  Justin Gawronski, 17, a Michigan high school student, and Antoine J. Bruguier, a California Kindle user, claim that … Continue reading

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