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November 28, 1989 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The East Whittier School Board voted unanimously Monday night to explore the possibility of suing the publisher of a controversial series of elementary school reading texts for breach of contract. "When you have a breach of contract, you cannot have that overlooked," board President Mary Ann Wojtsiak said to sustained cheering from a packed meeting. "The only way we can do it is to box up the books, send them back and demand the money back." Holt, Rinehart & Winston of Canada Ltd.
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November 30, 1989 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The publisher of a controversial series of elementary school texts said Wednesday that he was perplexed as to why two Los Angeles area school districts received books with far more graphic imagery than the version they ordered. Ralph Caulo, president of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc., said officials were searching through sales receipts and shipment bills trying to determine why the East Whittier and Hacienda La Puente school districts were sent the U.S.
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November 29, 1989 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
East Whittier School District officials gathered cardboard boxes Tuesday to ship a controversial series of elementary school reading texts, labeled morbid and evil by some parents, back to the publisher. The district has also directed its lawyer to demand a $160,000 refund for the texts from publisher Holt, Rinehart & Winston of Canada Ltd., Supt. Dorothy Fagan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1989 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
East Whittier School District officials gathered cardboard boxes Tuesday to ship a controversial series of elementary school reading texts, labeled morbid and evil by some parents, back to the publisher. The district has also directed its lawyer to demand a $160,000 refund for the texts from publisher Holt, Rinehart & Winston of Canada Ltd., Supt. Dorothy Fagan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1989 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The publisher of a controversial series of elementary school texts said Wednesday that he was perplexed as to why two Los Angeles area school districts received books with far more graphic imagery than the version they ordered. Ralph Caulo, president of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc., said officials were searching through sales receipts and shipment bills trying to determine why the East Whittier and Hacienda La Puente school districts were sent the U.S.
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November 30, 1989
Officials of the East Whittier City School District will meet Friday to discuss what books will be used temporarily in place of the controversial "Impressions" textbooks, which have been labeled morbid and tainted by some parents. The district board voted at its Monday night meeting to send the "Impressions" series back to the publisher, Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada Ltd.
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February 8, 1990 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Redondo Beach school trustees were voting to retain the controversial "Impressions" reading books, the Lawndale School District also was facing pressure from parents who want the series to be discontinued. A dozen parents spoke before the Lawndale school board Tuesday night and criticized the books, saying the series features "dark, ghastly themes" and has little or no educational value.
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October 24, 1989 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 500 parents and educators from the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District squared off Monday night, debating whether a controversial series of reading texts are stimulating children's interest in literature or, as some parents claim, whetting students' curiousity about witchcraft. The debate focuses on "Impressions," a series of books published by Holt, Rinehart & Winston of Canada Ltd., and used by the district through sixth grade.
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October 25, 1989 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education early Tuesday upheld a temporary ban on reading books that sparked a debate about morbid imagery but agreed to reprint and keep teaching some less controversial stories and poems while it evaluates the entire series. The compromise, reached after more than five hours of heated discussion, failed to appease many of the 500 people who squeezed into the Cedarlane Junior High School auditorium in Hacienda Heights.
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February 8, 1990 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Buttressed by the support of numerous parents and teachers and a national anti-censorship group, the Redondo Beach school trustees Tuesday unanimously rejected efforts by a conservative Christian organization to ban the controversial "Impressions" series of grade-school readers. The decision--which the board had indicated was likely almost from the moment the first protests about the series emerged in Redondo Beach--was hailed by the books' proponents, who see the vote as a turning point.
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November 28, 1989 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The East Whittier School Board voted unanimously Monday night to explore the possibility of suing the publisher of a controversial series of elementary school reading texts for breach of contract. "When you have a breach of contract, you cannot have that overlooked," board President Mary Ann Wojtsiak said to sustained cheering from a packed meeting. "The only way we can do it is to box up the books, send them back and demand the money back." Holt, Rinehart & Winston of Canada Ltd.
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December 17, 1989 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite pressure from a coalition of parents who have joined a national campaign against a set of grade-school readers, it is unlikely the books will be removed from the curriculum in Redondo Beach, school trustees said last week. "This issue is really getting out of hand," said Rebecca Sargent, president of the Redondo Beach City School District Board of Trustees. "If this board is asked to ban textbooks--well, that's just not going to happen in Redondo Beach."
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December 20, 1989 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite pressure from a coalition of parents who have joined a national campaign against a set of grade-school readers, it is unlikely that the books will be removed from the curriculum in Redondo Beach, the city's school trustees say. "This issue is really getting out of hand," said Rebecca Sargent, president of the Redondo Beach City School District Board of Trustees. "If this board is asked to ban textbooks--well, that's just not going to happen in Redondo Beach."
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