Binghamton School Book Controversy Receives National Attention
The discussion surrounding the reading of a book about social justice in a Binghamton elementary school is generating news coverage beyond the Southern Tier.
The April "Book-of-the-Month" was discussed with students at MacArthur Elementary School on the city's South Side.
Law enforcement union leaders have issued statements condemning the use of the book. The Binghamton police union said "there is a blatant anti-police message portrayed in the book."
The Binghamton City School District released a statement apologizing for "the negative light this has shined" on the law enforcement profession.
The statement noted that "while the book includes conversation around racial bias and injustice against African Americans, the concepts are focused on the importance of treating everyone fairly."
Binghamton school superintendent Tonia Thompson and city police chief Joseph Zikuski have not returned calls seeking comment on the book controversy.
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