Perhaps the funniest thing about this article is not the article itself, but the sidebar that allows you to request notification whenever CNN posts news about character actor Ned Beatty, perhaps best known for playing Lex Luthor's sidekick in Superman and getting raped by a hillbilly in Deliverance. I'm not sure how often CNN posts news about Ned Beatty, but it's nice to know that feature is available.
Possibly because no one read them. It's Clifford, FFS, and the only problem, according to the LA Daily News story, is that the person responsible for vetting books didn't know what was in them. I've never been responsible for a five-year-old, but I know what's in the Clifford books. The school officials responsible don't though:
"I don't know if it's upholding 'Character Counts.' I want to be sure its promoting what we are upholding. I approved books that I'm familiar with the content," Greene said.
I'm not even sure what "character" means, although apparently books with "warlock" in the title work against it. I always think of it as "having a spine," which is not something schools generally encourage. I'm fairly sure it includes pet care. And reading.