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Book Stirs Up Controversy in District 11

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Published on Sep 27, 2013

ANOKA, Minn. -- A book selected for a high school summer reading program is stirring up controversy in District 11.

The novel "Eleanor and Park" is described as "R-rated" by some parents who want it pulled off school shelves.

At Monday night's School Board meeting, the president of the Anoka Hennepin teacher's union defended the book and the high school media specialists who selected it.

Julie Blaha, president of Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota says, "If you had read that book I think you'd know that it's a story about two students who fall in love, make the right choices and beat the odds. They rise above bullies and poverty and domestic abuse. To ignore that is to ignore a powerful, positive message for every teen who ever felt ackward or isolated in high school."




For its part, District 11 released a statement that reads in part "We encourage parents to be involved in their children's education and to be aware of what their children are reading and studying. Parents always have the right to challenge materials by filing a citizen's request for reconsideration as specified in district policy to initiate a review process."

For now the book will remain on school shelves until the review process is complete. The district is planning to formalize the process for choosing books for events like the summer reading program.

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