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Final settlement reached in Davis County

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A final settlement was reached last week in the Davis County, Utah book removal case.  In addition to returning the book In Our Mothers' House unrestricted to school library shelves, the school district agreed not to remove or restrict access to any library books based on Utah's ban on having "instructional materials" that contain "advocacy of homosexuality."

In their blog post on the settlement, the ACLU gave a hat tip to FTRF: 

"We received invaluable assistance from the Freedom to Read Foundation, which helped provide resources for challenging the restriction and identifying expert witnesses who could testify about how In Our Mothers' House was well within the mainstream of children’s literature and that the school’s decision to restrict access to the book violated bedrock principles of school library science.” 

Click here to read the full settlement.

Our congratulations to the plaintiffs, the ACLU, and to all those in the district whose First Amendment rights were in jeopardy.

Tags:  ACLU  banned books  Davis County  In Our Mothers House  litigation  Utah 

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FTRF statement on Davis County, Utah book reinstatement

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Yesterday, the Davis County, Utah, Public School system announced that it would be re-instating the book "In Our Mothers' House" to school library shelves. While a final settlement of the case brought by the ACLU of Utah has not been reached, it is a most welcome development!

Here is the Freedom to Read Foundation's official statement on the reinstatement and our role in the case:

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) welcomes the news that author Patricia Polacco’s "In Our Mothers’ House” is back on the shelves of the Davis County Public School system libraries without restrictions.   As the only organization whose main purpose is to defend the freedom to access information in libraries, FTRF sees incidents such as this one – in which access to information is blocked due to viewpoints expressed therein – as particularly troublesome.  

While not directly involved in this suit, FTRF provided ACLU attorneys with expert advice and resources as they worked to develop the case.  FTRF appreciates the work of the ACLU of Utah and the ACLU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project on the case and we send particular thanks to the plaintiff who made the difficult decision to stand up for reading, the open exchange of ideas, and the First Amendment.  We strongly encourage the Davis County School Board to continue to make "In Our Mothers’ House” and similar works freely available to the students of the Davis County Schools. 

The Freedom to Read Foundation is a First Amendment legal defense and education organization affiliated with the American Library Association. For more on FTRF’s work on opposing efforts to restrict access to library materials, visit www.ftrf.org.

Tags:  banned books  Davis County  freedom of access  LGBT  Utah 

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