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Last year, following a community-wide debate about books in the Auburn High School library, the school district board will vote on a policy amendment that would give parents more control over the books their children can check out. is.

At the Auburn Enlarged City School District School Board’s July 7 meeting, the board approved the first reading of potential amendments to the district’s Objection to Materials and Library and Audiovisual Material Selection policies. I voted to

Auburn School Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo told Citizen last week that the board will vote on whether to approve the amendment at its meeting next month.

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Policy changes include creating a form for parents who don’t want their children to check out certain books, Pirozzolo said. I can do it. These forms are placed in every student’s packet at the beginning of the school year and are also available online.

The change will allow school districts to “maintain parental involvement and listen to parental concerns,” Pirozzolo said.

A potential fix was prompted by complaints about the book “All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto” by journalist and activist George M. Johnson. part of a meaningful conversation. It chronicles Johnson’s experiences growing up as a queer black person.

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Critics of the book argue that compared to child pornography, it contains material that is too sexually explicit for students to openly use in high school libraries. Those who advocate the availability of the book believe that removing the book from age-appropriate libraries would be censorship, and that Johnson’s work, including the sentence in question and its overall context, is intended to be used by young people. claims to be addressing issues that may be addressed by

At school board meetings in December and mid-January, concerns surfaced from some community members about the availability of the book in the Auburn High School library. Several written objections to the book were then sent to the Auburn District, initiating a process that required a special committee to review the work and give recommendations to the school board. No. Her 10-person judging panel, assembled by the district, included district officials, staff members, and high school students.

In late February, the committee made a recommendation asking the board to review the school district’s policy regarding library material selection and make any changes the board deems necessary, but not to the effect that the book needs to be removed. No. Amy Makhnik, the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said at the time that policy changes could include “a system for parents to opt their children out of certain books in the library.” Said there was.

At its March meeting, the Auburn School Board decided to keep the book on the library shelf and accepted the review board’s recommendation to consider changing the policy.

Pirozzolo said last week, “Some community members wanted books out of the library, but many said, ‘No, we just want to have a say in what our kids are reading.’ ‘ said. “I agree with that. I think every parent should have a say.”

Regarding concerns that the potential new amendment could clash with students’ rights, Pirozzolo said, “When it comes, we’ll cross that bridge.”

The Auburn School Board will vote on possible policy amendments at its meeting on Tuesday, August 9th.

Staff Writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.