Archive for Friday, October 31, 2003

Book review committee to meet Monday

October 31, 2003

The Baldwin School Board reinstated the review committee at Monday's meeting. The board had previously decided to come up with a new policy on challenged curriculum materials before having a committee review Robert Cormier's novel that had been used in freshman orientation class before a parent complained about it.

Supt. James White pulled the book from the class in September and controversy over it has raged since. Although board members decided to put it through the review committee as called for by policy at the time it was pulled, they voted not to return the book to the class. The former policy called for the challenged material to continue to be used until the review was complete.

The review committee consists of the building principal (Poplin), a media specialist (librarian Jana Jorn), two teachers (language arts teacher Jeanne Scott and physical education teacher Suzie Martin), the curriculum director (Connie Wehmeyer) and two members of school Site councils (parents). Poplin said there would be a Site council member from both the high school and junior high, but declined to name them.

The review committee's assignment is to take a detailed look at the book and give both a majority and minority opinion on whether it should remain in use. That will be presented to the school board which will make the final decision.i

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