Marie Gleason

How one Iowa school district rebuffed attempted book ban

Marie Gleason of Bettendorf is a John Deere retiree and a former candidate for the Iowa legislature. She is passionate about women’s issues, civil rights, and public education.

A parent in the Pleasant Valley School District (Scott County) requested to have All Boys Aren’t Blue, a multiple award-winning book by George M. Johnson, removed from the high school’s library. 

It had been seventeen years since anyone asked this school district to ban a book.

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