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Tonight's review of gay children's book in Orange County Schools canceled

Posted by on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 12:49 PM

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Tonight's Orange County Schools review of the gay children's book "King & King" has been canceled after parents withdrew their district appeals complaining about the book.

The parents' decision comes three days after third-grade teacher Omar Currie, who read the book in his classroom at Efland-Cheeks Elementary in late April, stepped down, along with the assistant principal, Meg Goodhand, who loaned him the book.

Orange County Schools officials said the review of the book is now concluded. A committee at the school level has already voted twice to allow the book in the school, following three separate complaints from parents who were offended.

Parents were appealing those decisions with the school system. The appeal would have been heard by a committee appointed by Interim Superintendent Pam Jones.

It's unclear why the parents withdrew their complaints, but Currie told the Indy Monday that he decided to leave the school system after a "hostile" meeting with administrators.

"My reading of 'King & King' was the 100 percent right thing to do," Currie said. "It's obvious Orange County Schools is lacking leadership right now."

Currie said that he has already interviewed at other school districts, including Durham Public Schools.

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