Instructional Materials Challenge of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Two parents recently brought forth a concern about a book titled "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky. Per Board Policy (II/IIA-AR-Instructional Materials Selection), a committee was formed to review the formal complaint.
The committee convened on Monday, March 5, 2018 to review the complaint. The committee consisted of two community members, a high school principal, a middle school principal, two high school English Language Arts Instructors, one middle school Humanities Instructor, an English Language Arts Teacher on Special Assignment, three Library Specialist Teachers on Special Assignment and Ken Struckmeier, Administrator for Secondary Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
The parents who brought forth the concern also spoke during the review.
Using criteria within the Administrative Regulation (IIA-AR), the committee found "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" to be consistent with the District's general education goals. The committee recommended to Deputy Superintendent Steve Phillips that the book continue to be available in middle and high school libraries and in high school classroom library collections in the Beaverton School District. The Deputy Superintendent upheld the committee's recommendation.