District rejects second book ban request, keeps ‘Gender Queer’ in local high schools

July 2022: A second request to have a book removed from Salem-Keizer Public Schools libraries has been denied.

Earlier this year, members of the local parents’ group Salem Keizer We Stand Together took issue with the book “Stamped (for Kids): Racism, Anti-Racism, and You” in local elementary schools.

A district book review committee voted 8-1 in April to deny the request.

The process was seen at the time as a rare instance. A formal request to reconsider a book had not happened since 2018.

However, just weeks later, it happened again.

Community members submitted a formal complaint to Salem-Keizer this May regarding the book “Gender Queer: A Memoir.”

Read the full story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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