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A Pennsylvania school board reversed its ban on anti-racist books after weeks of student protests

For weeks, students gathered outside of Central York High School each morning to protest a district ban on the use of anti-racism-related resources in the classroom. On Monday, the Central York School Board acquiesced and unanimously voted to rescind the ban.

“It hurts me to see my peers learning inaccurate things, or not enough things, or a half-right and half-wrong view of history,” Edha Gupta, a senior at the school, told¬†WITF. She helped organize the Panther Anti-Racist Student Union’s protests against the ban.

Parents and alumni in the district also rallied against the ban, and Monday night, they made their opinions known, calling for the school board’s resignation.

The school board said the ban was a misunderstanding, that the prohibited materials weren’t removed from school libraries. Board president Jane Johnson said in a statement at Monday’s board meeting that the school board had originally planned to review the list of prohibited materials “expeditiously” but failed.

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