Nixa School Board to Review Certain Books After Some Parents Raise Concerns

Nixa Mo. (KY3) – Nixa’s school board addresses three books at its May 12 school board meeting after some parents expressed concern and appealed to the district to remove them from the shelves.

According to the school board agenda, the following books have been submitted for reconsideration within the framework of KLB Board Policy (Rethinking materials

  • home by Yaa Gyasi
  • Fun Home: a tragicomic family by Alison Bechdel
  • All boys are not blue by George M. Johnson

“The materials went through the review committee process and each review committee made a recommendation, the results of which were presented to the complainant,” reads the school board’s agenda. “In each of the following three cases, the complainant was not satisfied with the committee’s recommendation and as such filed a written appeal with the Nixa School Board for a final decision.”

The Nixa School District received 17 formal requests for reconsideration of 16 unique individual titles. There were two that were submitted under the same title. Parents have expressed their concerns to Facebook groups, saying the titles are inappropriately sexual in nature. There are many conflicting views on whether the books should stay or disappear in the Nixa community.

“I think it’s really important for us not to censor the books our kids can get,” said Karen Perry, Nixa Parent. “I don’t think a parent’s opinion should be above that of other parents.”

“This is the first time in my tenure here and 16 years that the board has had it come to a board appeal,” said David Liss of Nixa Schools. “The board will decide and really set a direction for what is deemed appropriate with our books.”

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