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Minneapolis school board votes to cancel contract with company that provided offensive books


Amid a backdrop of outrage from parents and community leaders, Minneapolis school board members voted Tuesday to cancel a contract with a company that provided books that some teachers found laden with cultural and racial stereotypes.

Before the vote, interim Superintendent Michael Goar acknowledged mistakes were made in paying $1.2 million to Reading Horizons, a Utah-based company that provided the books as part of a curriculum for kindergarten through third grade. Teachers who got the books this summer were astounded and repelled by the stereotyped characters and gender roles, including an illustration of an American Indian girl titled “Nieko the Hunting Girl” and another with a black girl called “Lazy Lucy.”


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