Published Online: October 27, 2015
Published in Print: October 28, 2015, as After Controversy, District Dumps Offending Books
Corrected: November 4, 2015.

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After Controversy, District Dumps Offending Books

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The Minneapolis district last week sent out a notice saying it is immediately ending the use of all Reading Horizons instructional materials.

The district has been embroiled in a controversy over its K-2 curriculum since teachers pointed out this summer that the early-reader books were filled with racial, gender, and cultural stereotypes.

The district pulled the offending books before students ever saw them. After a freelance blogger brought the story to light, the district apologized. Officials vowed to work with the publisher to fix the curriculum, but later voted to cancel the contract.

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Correction: 
An earlier version of this brief mischaracterized when the district collected the books. The books were pulled before students ever saw them. Then the district apologized in a Facebook post after a freelance blogger brought the story to light.

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