The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out of a dispute in Miami between school officials and civil libertarians over a book about Cuba that depicts smiling children in communist uniforms, but avoids mention of problems in the country.
The justices last month rejected an appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida that sought to prevent Miami officials from removing the book Vamos a Cuba and its English-language version, A Visit to Cuba, from library shelves.
A federal judge in Miami ruled that the board should add books of different perspectives instead of removing offending titles. But the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Atlanta, said the district wouldn’t be infringing on freedom of speech rights by removing the book because it presents an inaccurate view of life in Cuba.
A version of this article appeared in the December 02, 2009 edition of Education Week as Supreme Court Declines to Hear Miami Case on Cuba Book Dispute