Mat-Su school board bans 5 books from high school reading list


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The Matanuska-Susitna School Board has removed five books off the elective curriculum for high school student and removed materials from a national newspaper from being used as a teaching resource.

Board members voted 5-2 to ban the titles at their regular meeting on Wednesday night. Board members Sarah Welton and Kelsey Trimmer were the dissenting votes.

The books are:

  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
  • "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • "The Things They Carried" by Tim O’Brien
  • "The Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison
  • "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller