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District 41 debates reinstating banned book, parent notification

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Glen Ellyn District 41 school board members listen to Superintendent Ann Riebock Tuesday during discussion of whether to reinstate a controversial book in eighth grade classrooms.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Glen Ellyn District 41 school board members listen to parent Jen Boynton Tuesday during public comment about whether to keep the book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" out of eighth grade classrooms. Boynton wants the book kept out.

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Kim Miselnicky speaks during the Glen Ellyn District 41 school board meeting Tuesday to express her support for keeping the book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" out of eighth grade classrooms.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Cori Payne, an eighth grader at Hadley Junior High School, asks District 41 school board members Tuesday to reinstate the book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

Laura Makauskas speaks during the Glen Ellyn District 41 school board meeting Tuesday in support of reinstating the book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" in eighth grade classrooms.

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Whether a banned book will return to the classrooms of Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn is unclear, while District 41 school board members argue over the contents of a parent notification letter about controversial classroom texts. A district reconsideration committee has recommended "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" be reinstated as an independent reading option for eighth graders, at the same time district officials say additional "safeguards" would be implemented, such as sending parents a letter at the start of every school year asking them to be aware of their child's reading choices.
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    • Glen Ellyn District 41 school board members listen to Superintendent Ann Riebock Tuesday during discussion of whether to reinstate a controversial book in eighth grade classrooms.
    • Glen Ellyn District 41 school board members listen to parent Jen Boynton Tuesday during public comment about whether to keep the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” out of eighth grade classrooms. Boynton wants the book kept out.
    • Kim Miselnicky speaks during the Glen Ellyn District 41 school board meeting Tuesday to express her support for keeping the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” out of eighth grade classrooms.
    • Cori Payne, an eighth grader at Hadley Junior High School, asks District 41 school board members Tuesday to reinstate the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
    • Laura Makauskas speaks during the Glen Ellyn District 41 school board meeting Tuesday in support of reinstating the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” in eighth grade classrooms.
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