“As a courtesy, the school principal called to let me know that the list had been removed and assignment cancelled,” Cauley also wrote. “He’ll be sending an email to all Senior students/parents to notify them that there will be no summer reading assignment for this AP government class.”
Baldwin County school district superintendent Eddie Tyler also issued a statement repudiating the summer reading list.
“Mr. Ponder’s reading list that is going around on social media has not been endorsed by the school system,” Tyler said, according to Gulf Coast News. “The list has been removed by the teacher.”
Tyler assured parents that the district will do a better job of vetting future summer reading lists.
Ponder, the teacher, ran unsuccessfully to be the lieutenant governor of Alabama in 2010. He ran as a Republican.