TUSD says reports that it is banning books are completely false

Published: Jan. 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2012 at 12:16 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Tucson's largest school district says it's not banning books.

TUSD is responding to a posting from a blogger that's getting picked up by news organizations in the United States and around the world.

TUSD says the reports are completely false.

There are even reports that TUSD is banning William Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

"What's been widely reported as a book ban at TUSD is completely false, completely misleading. There has been no book ban at TUSD," says TUSD Director of Communications Cara Rene.

Rene says the news organizations never called the district to find out if the rumors were true.

What is true is that TUSD is suspending its Mexican-American Studies program to comply with a new Arizona law.

Rene says, "No books have been banned. The only books that have been taken from the classroom are the seven books that were part of the curriculum of the Mexican-American Studies classes, and those have been moved to storage. Any other reports about "The Tempest" and other works like that being banned--not allowed--are false.  I can't be any more clear. They're false."

Rene says the stored books could be used in the future if they are appropriate for other classes.

Plus, Rene says, students still have access to all seven books.

"Every single one of those books on the list is available through TUSD libraries right now. So students still have access to the books. If they didn't have it at their particular library, they can order it and reserve it through the school library system, and have it brought to their school," Rene says.

Rene says she will be contacting news organizations and others that ran the false report and  asking for a correction.

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