Racy Required Reading Stays on School's List

Literature Wins in Santa Rosa

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    A Northern California school board voted unanimously to keep the book "The Tortilla Curtain" on the required reading list, with a couple of exceptions.

    Required reading for Santa Rosa high schoolers will still include a controversial novel.

    Some parents objected to the Northern California school district's choice of T.C. Boyle's novel, "The Tortilla Curtain" on the reading list, saying the 1995 novel is too racy, sexually graphic and filled with profanity, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat tells us.

    But on Wednesday, the school board voted unanimously to keep the book on the list, with a couple of exceptions. The reading will be limited to juniors and seniors and parents will be allowed to opt their kids out of the assignment.

    The decision comes in the same week a Riverside County school district pulled dictionaries from shelves over complaints that sex terms such as "oral sex" were too racy for kids to read.