Last week, Katy ISD parents wanted school officials to cancel Jerry Craft's virtual author visit and pull books of the 2019 Newbery Medal winner New Kid and the sequel Class Act.
The school district recently pulled books from their library and postponed the author's visit.
Today, during today’s airing of Town Square, Katy ISD reached out with an updated statement which announced the return of the books to school libraries, which Ernie Manouse read on air:
Earlier this week, the review committee met and determined the appropriateness of the book, "New Kid." The reading material is already back on District library shelves and the virtual author visit is scheduled to take place on October 25 as part of the instructional day. – Katy ISD
A petition claimed that the books contained critical race theory, to which these parents objected.
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- Assistant Professor in the Marilyn Davies College of Business, at the University of Houston – Downtown
- Director of the American Library Association‘s Office for Intellectual Freedom
- Deputy Director of Customer Experience of the Houston Public Library
- New York Times bestselling author of the Front Desk series, including Room To Dream, and Parachutes
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