Alaska school board postpones decision on banned books

    Portugal the Man.

    PALMER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska school board postponed a vote over rescinding a ban on selected English coursebooks after some public outcry.

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board took public testimony on the issue that attracted national attention when a Grammy-winning rock group pledged to purchase the banned books for students.

    The board heard three hours of testimony on a proposal to rescind its vote to remove five American literature classics from high school courses.

    The board is scheduled to vote on May 20.

    Members of the Grammy-winning band Portugal. The Man stepped into the controversy in their Alaska hometown by offering to buy and distribute copies of the books.

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