The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case challenging a Miami-Dade School Board decision to remove a controversial children’s book about Cuba from public schools, the court announced Monday.
In February, a federal appeals court ruled the board did not breach the First Amendment when it pulled Vamos a Cuba from school libraries in 2006.
The majority opinion said the book, part of a series of books on two dozen nations, presented an “inaccurate” view of life under former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
But the high court on Monday declined to hear the case.
Board member Perla Tabares Hantman, who supported removing the book from school libraries, said she was pleased by the news.
“We were right and we prevailed,” Hantman said. “This is a great victory for the School Board and for Cuban-Americans.”
But Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, called the decision a blow to the First Amendment.
“‘Frankly, this clears the path for the Miami-Dade School Board to remove the entire series of books against which there was not a single protest,” he said.