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Thu Aug 29, 2013, 09:49 AM

Alabama Repug wants Toni Morrison book banned



An Alabama legislator who does not support efforts to repeal the sweeping U.S. education initiative known as the Common Core Standards says he believes the reading list issued in conjunction with the standards needs to be revised.

State Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) told Alabama Media Group this week that he believes The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, should be banned from high school libraries, despite the fact that this book is on the Common Core Standardís recommended reading list for 11th-graders. His call for the ban comes after he caught flak from the GOP for opposing plans to repeal the national education standards.

Common Core Standards have been adopted in more than 40 states as part of an effort to homogenize education across the county. Alabama adopted the standards in November 2010 and will implement them this school year.

"The book is just completely objectionable, from language to the content," Holtzclaw told Alabama Media Group. ................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/bill-holtzclaw-toni-morrison-book_n_3832480.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037



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