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Community Perspective: School Board Breaks Promise to Protect Parental Rights

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With schools’ book selection policies already in place, librarians tell board that a county-wide approach is too broad

Rockingham County school librarians told the school board Tuesday that established policies they crafted already give parents control over content their children can access, while also being flexible to serve the needs of diverse populations of students.

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Rockingham Co. school board revises policies to conform with Youngkin’s model, also creates school safety role

The Rockingham County School Board unanimously approved changes to five policies Monday night, officially revising its code to follow Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s model policies regarding students’ gender identities. This follows the board’s first vote last month to adopt those model policies in full.

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Community Perspective: On Banned Books and Institutional Speech

A contributed perspectives piece by Evan Knappenberger

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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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‘Students have been asked about their opinion a whopping total of zero times’: Rockingham County students walk out to protest policies

In response to two decisions by the Rockingham County School Board in recent weeks, students at Spotswood, Broadway and East Rock high schools staged walkouts in protest during school on Wednesday morning. 

County school board temporarily banned 7 books it doesn’t stock on library shelves

The Rockingham County School Board voted this month to temporarily remove 57 books from its library shelves — except seven of those aren’t in any of the county schools’ libraries.

Rockingham school board deviates from its own book challenge process with temporary ban

In the days after the newly instated Rockingham County Board of Education made two decisions Monday, many teachers, parents and students found themselves in the crosshairs of culture wars, as teachers are now required to remove certain books and report student nicknames.

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