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Cape Henlopen School Board Postpones Discussion On Summer Reading Policy

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LEWES, Del. - After controversy surrounding the removal of a summer reading list book, the Cape Henlopen School Board was set to meet on Thursday  to discuss policy changes but the meeting was postponed.   

This past summer, the board removed "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" by Emily Danforth from the suggested summer reading list for incoming freshman. While members said it was due to foul language, it caused an uproar since the novel is about a young woman discovering she is a lesbian. This removal brought national attention to the school district, and the book ended up flying off library and bookstore shelves.

Board President Andy Lewis said by discussing the board's policy, next year will be different.

"It had nothing to do with the specifics of the book but we just didn't have anything in place to contest that and that's one of the things that this policy has looked at," he explained. "Is that were putting in a date for summer reading lists or summer assignments to be posted for public comment before their finalized so we have that and we can prevent any problems in the future."

The teen services librarian for the Lewes Library said when it comes to picking a summer reading list, leave it up to the educators.

"The board, I don't know if they have the proper background to be setting these policies and they really need to be bringing in the people who are familiar with the books that are published, its their job," she said. "English teachers, librarians, I mean that's what we do"

Lewis said he does agree that the board should not be deciding the actual novels on the list, but also said a protocol needs to be in place so the board members know what they are sending out to the students.

Thursday meeting was cancelled as several board members were unable to attend. That meetings to discuss the policy is has been rescheduled for November 13.

  
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