Last week, the best-selling graphic novel “Persepolis” was removed from Chicago’s middle and high school reading lists. This week, a spokeswoman for the school system has claimed that the word “censorship” was inappropriate, as teachers could still assign the book so long as they were willing to sit through a class on how to teach such “sensitive material”. […]
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New York Times columnist and Pulitzer-prize winning writer Anthony Lewis passed away this weekend. Lewis was a leading expert on constitutional law whose work in defense of free speech earned him the Presidential Citizens Medal in 2001. We honored Lewis’ lifetime commitment to freedom of expression in 2008 at our annual benefit. In his 2007 […]
In an interview with PBS station WTTW Chicago last night, Barbara Jones, Executive Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, of the Chicago Teachers Union and two Lane Tech Seniors spoke about the removal of Persepolis from classrooms in Chicago Public Schools. You can watch the interview here, but this particular moment stood out as a perfect […]
Teachers and students gathered outside Lane Tech College Prep in the freezing rain Friday for a spirited protest. “Honk if you love free speech,” and “Closing Schools. Banning Books. What’s next?” students’ signs read. The protest was organized in response to the revelation that the Chicago Public School Board had evidently mandated that Marjane Satrapi’s […]
The Chicago Public Schools may be hoping their sudden removal of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (Pantheon) last month will be soon forgotten, but the Kids’ Right to Read Project, an initiative of the National Coalition Against Censorship, continues to seek answers.