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To: Sparta Board of Education

Let Sparta students read!

Students attending Sparta schools deserve to read the books they want to read. School library media specialists have advanced training in child development and children's literature, and select books that encourage students to grow as learners and readers. While every parent has the right to decide what their child can and cannot read, no parent has the right to make that decision for other parents. The school board should not ban books from Sparta schools.

Why is this important?

Banning books is just plain wrong. Looking back through history, the book banners are never the good guys! Let's show Sparta's students there are adults that understand why freedom to read is important, and we've got their backs!

How it will be delivered

This petition will be delivered at the Feb. 23, 2023 Board of Education meeting.

18 Mohawk Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871, USA

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2023-02-24 18:34:12 -0500

Last night’s BOE decision to relocate The Upside of Unrequited to the high school was a clear example of what can happen when board members have an agenda to restrict students’ freedom to read, all under the guise of ‘protecting’ them. Nobody is protected when local government, like the board of education, takes drastic action that affects all students based on the complaint of ONE parent of ONE child. The board needs to be accountable to follow policy 9130, which states that instructional materials cannot be removed because the content is offensive to some.

2023-02-21 13:35:55 -0500

500 signatures reached

2023-02-07 20:53:17 -0500

100 signatures reached

2023-02-07 15:12:49 -0500

Wow! Less than 24 hours and almost 100 signatures! Please share to help spread the word and get supporters connected, and plan for the next steps. #letSpartaStudentsRead

2023-02-06 20:22:07 -0500

50 signatures reached

2023-02-06 18:48:22 -0500

25 signatures reached

2023-02-06 18:22:40 -0500

10 signatures reached

2023-02-06 17:36:56 -0500

Join us at a FREEDOM TO READ-IN at 6:30 prior to the BOE Meeting- Bring your favorite Book and meet us outside! Plan to peacefully demonstrate how your family loves their fREADom!

Mohawk Avenue School 18 Mohawk Avenue Sparta, NJ 07871
BoE meeting begins at 7pm.