Gender and race-focused books under review in Yorktown SD following complaints from parents

Books focusing on gender and race are being reviewed in the Yorktown Central School District following complaints from parents.

The books under review focus on black and brown adolescent perspectives and gender identity issues. They are now at the center of a heated debate in Yorktown.

“Not All Boys Are Blue”, “Gender Queer”, “Beyond Magenta”, and “The Hate U Give” are among the books.

Several parents and community members expressed their views on the matter at a school board meeting on Monday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Ron Hattar has confirmed that a total of seven books at Yorktown High School and one book at Mildred E. Strang Middle School are being reviewed by a committee following formal complaints from parents .

The parents’ complaints come amid a movement in North Westchester to stop school districts from implementing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Community members have also expressed concern that the books are not currently available to students as they are under review.

Hatter also told the meeting that the committee reviewing the books would report their findings to him and he would make the final decision.

No timeline was given on when that might happen.

A spokesperson for Yorktown Central School District told News 12 that the district is committed to having diverse authors and perspectives represented in school libraries, adding that no decisions have been made regarding the disputed books.

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