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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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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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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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County and city school boards agree on how to pick MTC’s attorney

After exchanges between Rockingham County School Board and Harrisonburg City School Board members, the two entities came together Monday night and voted to allow the two systems’ school superintendents to each propose new legal representation names for Massanutten Technical Center. 

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Many Rockingham Co. parents and school staff have opinions and almost all have questions about book policies

“A joke,” one person called them. “Politically motivated disaster,” opined another. A “confusing, unnecessary overreach,” said one more — a sentiment that was repeated, just with different wording, in other responses. These were a few people’s opinions on the Rockingham County School Board’s proposed policies to determine selection and challenge criteria for library books, according to survey responses obtained by The Citizen through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Community Perspective:Tug of War, Tirades and Tired Hope

A contributed perspectives piece by Melissa Weaver: Our family loves listening to the podcast Circle Round, a diverse collection of dramatized folktales. One of our favorite stories, told in East Africa, Brazil, and parts of the U.S., is called “The Tug of War.”

Student protest group, backed by adults, vows lengthy fight with RCPS

The Rockingham County School Board is in for a lengthy fight over its decisions to temporarily remove 57 books from school libraries and to adopt model policies regarding students’ sex and gender identities.

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At calmer meeting, RCPS board seeks to clarify approach to school library books

In its first work session dedicated to crafting policies for selecting — and challenging — school library books, the Rockingham County School Board addressed the intense backlash it’s received since its temporary removal of 57 books earlier this month. 

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