OIF protests removal of Absolutely True Diary from Waterloo, Iowa classrooms

Censorship, Office for Intellectual Freedom

Absolutely-True-Story-of-a-Part-time-IndianBarbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom joined the Iowa Library Association’s Duncan Stewart (president) and Michael Wright (Intellectual Freedom Committee chair) in asking the Waterloo School District to adhere to its school board-approved reconsideration policy instead of pulling The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie from all of their middle school classrooms.

In preparation for a school board meeting, a letter has been to the school board members, the superintendent, and the original challenger, executive director of K-12 curriculum. Click on the images below to read the text of the letter.







The local newspaper, WCF Courier, reported on the controversy at the beginning of April. The superintendent is claiming that the district doesn’t need to follow policy because it wasn’t an official challenge. Many teachers disagree.

OIF will continue to monitor this situation. Follow us on Twitter at @oif for updates.

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