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Brunswick Co. School Board mulls community advisory committee

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Months of controversy over “The Color Purple” prompted the Brunswick County Board of Education to take a look at changing some policies.

Today the board decided not to amend two policies dealing with course material for now.

Athough the board upheld current policies, members talked about creating a community advisory committee. If another challenge in the future reaches the board, this committee would advise them.

As it stands now if a parent has an issue with their child’s readings they take it to the school level. Then if the challenge continues it goes to the superintendent and then before the board. This is where the proposed committee would come in to advise the board in the decision making process.

“That transparency and things that will come from this conversation will really be great tools for our system in the future,” district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

For the future curriculum coaches and English teachers are also working to create an annotated bibliography for next year. It would include why a particular book was on the reading list, why teach it in the class room, the literary merit of the selection and why it is on the most challenged list if it is at all.

“We have learned that we need to make sure that parents are fully aware of how they can access this information,” Swencki said.

Through this lengthy process, leaders say the conversation has not only been a learning experience for them but has also shed light on parent’s rights to opt their child out of a reading assignment.

The district suggests parents also take an active part in finding out more about the books their children are reading in school.


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