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Book that tackles race relations removed from curriculum


MONETT, Mo. (AP) — Teachers in a southwest Missouri district won’t be able to use a book that tackles contemporary American race relations in their lesson plans. KYTV reports that Monett superintendent Mark Drake says the book, “Dear Martin,” wasn’t pulled from the curriculum because of the topic but because teachers didn’t go through the proper protocol to get it approved. But Suzy Gonzalez said her son felt a personal connection to the book, written by Nic Stone and published in 2017, and was upset by the district’s decision. Drake said the district is now putting together a book review committee. The committee will have teachers, administrators and even some parents to give community feedback.


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