PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A second Oregon school district has elected not to allow its third- through fifth-graders to participate in a statewide reading program after finding the content of a book inappropriate.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Cascade School District has decided not to take part in the Oregon Battle of the Books, citing concerns related to the book “George,” about a transgender child.
The book tells the story of 10-year-old George, who everyone thinks is a boy but who feels like she is a girl.
Superintendent Darin Drill says the concerns are “not so much about the transgender issue,” but about a couple of scenes deemed inappropriate.
The program does not require students to participate or to read every book.
The Hermiston School District has also declined to participate in the program.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com