HCPSS MPIA Request #2024-191

Asha Taylor
WBAL-TV 11 News
Requested Information
This is a request under the Maryland Public Information Act, Title 4 of the General Provisions of the Maryland Code.  I am making this request as an employee of WBAL-TV. 

We request the following information:

●       Any complaints, requests, and/or challenges for removal, reclassification, and/or reconsideration of publications (including books, magazines, movies, music, and/or other media), along with any associated records, petitions, and/or correspondence since August 1, 2019. This also includes evaluations by school staff and records of final decisions.
●       A listing of books banned from the school district’s curriculums and libraries since August 1, 2019, including dates of official book removals.
●       A copy of the established school district’s resource reevaluation policy, as required by the Freedom to Read Act, MD SB0738 (2024).
●       A copy of the formal complaint/petition procedure for books to be challenged, along with the date that procedure went into place.
Date Received
Waiting for Clarification

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