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RCPS board opts to leave Virginia School Board Assoc. for more conservative group

The Rockingham County School Board will leave the well-established Virginia School Boards Association in favor of a newer, more conservative group.

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A half-dozen temporarily banned books return to circulation in Rockingham Co. Schools

The Rockingham County School Board returned six more books to library and classroom shelves following their temporary removal earlier this year — but not without dissent from the board member who compiled the list of books to review. 

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School district’s review of books is underway — but will be done largely out of the public eye

As the Rockingham County school district reviews the 57 books the school board barred from libraries and classrooms in January, the process is expected to stretch throughout the summer and will be completed largely out of the public eye.

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Rockingham Co. school board reinstates one banned book as review gets underway

The Rockingham County School Board reinstated one of the 57 books it temporarily removed and barred from library and classroom shelves back in January: “The Invisible Boy” by Trudy Ludwig.

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From pandemic placeholder to ‘radical’ theater, the Rocktown Readers say they’re here to stay

It started during the pandemic lockdown, as a way to keep doing theater remotely. MaKayla Baker Paxton organized Zoom nights in 2020, where she and her friends would gather on a video call to read plays.

County schools tweak draft of book challenge policy, superintendent reiterates support for safety amid cuts

The Rockingham County School Board unveiled the latest versions of its proposed library book selection and challenge policies that walked back several key provisions on Monday.

Rockingham Co. Schools to reassign employees in light of 36 position cuts, including counseling staff

Rockingham County schools will cut nine counseling and behavior support assistants across the district next year along with more than 30 other position cuts and reductions to rectify a budget shortfall of millions of dollars.

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Bridgewater College student sets up ‘banned book fair’ Thursday to offer access to titles removed from county schools

Rockingham County students can’t access “The Invisible Boy,” “The Kite Runner,” “Heartstopper” or 54 other books in their school libraries now, but a local college student wants to make them available in a different way.

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