ERIC Number: ED237113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May-28
Reference Count: 0
Removal of Books from School Libraries.
Meyers, Judith K.
This report reviews the seven times that the courts have considered the question of whether school boards can remove books from school libraries. Because the first and the three most recent cases upheld the rights of boards, while the other three cases were won by plaintiffs who had filed their cases against the boards, the differences in the cases are analyzed. The facts of the case, testimony, and reasons cited by the judges for denying or upholding decisions are summarized, including prior judicial rulings. The following cases are discussed in order: (1) Presidents Council, District 25 v. Community School Board No. 25, 457 F.2d 289 (1973) U.S.C.A., Second Circuit; (2) Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District, 541 F.2d 577, (6th Cir. 1976); (3) Right to Read Defense Committee v. School Committee, 454 F. Supp. 703 (D. Mass. 1978); (4) Salvail v. Nashua Board of Education, 469 F. Supp. 1269 (D.N.H. 1979); (5) Pico v. Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District, 474 F. Supp 387 (U.S.D.C.N.Y. 1979); (6) Bicknell v. Vergennes Union High School Board of Directors, 475 F. Supp. 615 (D.Vt. 1979); and (7) Zykan v. Warsaw Community School Corporation, (N.D.Ind., No. S79-68, Dec. 10, 1979). A 28-item list of legal references is included. (LMM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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Identifiers: United States