Monona Grove Board of Education to discuss "To Kill a Mockingbird" appeal

MONONA (WKOW) -- The Monona Grove School District Board of Education could make a decision about whether to keep To Kill a Mockingbird as part of its curriculum at the Wednesday night board meeting. 

At the end of 2017, a family in the district had asked the school board to stop making students read it.  The plot involves the trial of a black man accused of raping and beating a white woman.  

In February, a committee voted to keep it in the lesson plan by a 4-1 vote.  One of the committee members who voted in favor of keeping it said he voted that way because he doesn't think schools should shy away from material just because it's difficult.  He thinks To Kill a Mockingbird could be an opportunity to talk about change.  

At the end of February, an appeal to the board's decision was submitted.  The board considered it in April, but didn't decide on anything.  

On the Wednesday, May 9, 2018 meeting agenda, the topic is listed as up for discussion and action.  The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the district office's third floor board room.  

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