ACLU asks for meeting details on McMinn School Board’s Maus decision
ATHENS, Tennessee (WDEF) – Protests are descending on the McMinn County School Board on Thursday over their decision to drop the “Maus” book from the 8th grade reading list.
It began this morning with the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee sending an open records request about the meeting where they made the decision.
The organization questions whether the board followed their own policy.
“Students have a right to learn and receive an accurate, inclusive, and complete education, free from censorship – even if that education includes ideas that some may find uncomfortable,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU of Tennessee executive director. “Studies show that equitable education can increase greater cultural understanding and awareness, helping to build empathy, affirm diversity, and foster greater connection between all students – all things we need today more than ever.”
They are asking the board to reconsider the decision.
Meanwhile a citizens group will hold a press conference this afternoon in Athens to share their displeasure with the decision.
They call themselves a growing group of McMinn County parents, students, educators and community members who ae concerned about the removal of the book from the curriculum.