Newman-Crows Landing school board recall, California, 2009
The recall effort came after the board's controversial handling of Superintendent Rick Fauss's decision to pull the novel Bless Me, Ultima, by author Rudolfo Anaya, from the required reading list at Orestimba High School due to the use of profanity in the book. The book was banned after a parent called it "anti-Catholic," and the board members upheld the decision.
A public outcry followed, which included letters to the board from the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), the ACLU of Northern California, and PEN American Center, and the recall effort was the end result.
Said Maurer, "We are very determined. We feel strongly enough that we want to make a stand on this issue, and let them know that people do care."
Path to the ballot
The group needed to obtain 1,100 signatures of registered voters for each recall petition filed. Sufficient signatures were not submitted, and the recall effort came to an end.