Patricia Polacco has re-uploaded her statement about her IRA non-appearance on her website, but now prefaces it with a note urging her supporters to take aim at No Child Left Behind, not SRA/McGraw-Hill. Which kind of makes her statement a non-issue, but if it makes more people understand what NCLB does and does not do, then I'm all for it.
But despite the discussions I've seen on listservs and the net, I can't agree that this is a case of censorship. Speech you get paid for rarely is.
In other Chicago news, a fine time was had by all at the 24th annual Zena Sutherland lecture, delivered by Jacqueline Woodson. Jackie is a marvelous speaker and storyteller, and her theme of being a Writer and being a writer contained much insight about the value of creative expression and its political effects. I will let you know when it's scheduled for publication in the Horn Book. Next year's lecture, on May 4, 2007, will be given by Richard Peck.
We learned something interesting in the questions-and-answers that followed Woodson's lecture; Jackie revealed that she had always envisioned her picture book The Other Side, about a white girl and a black girl becoming friends, as a contemporary story, but the editor and illustrator chose to set it in the pre-Civil Rights past. Because it was safer?