Each year National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), an alliance of 59 of the nation’s leading education and publishing organizations, recognizes the notable contributions of Free Speech Defenders whose activism has had a profound impact on the protection of First Amendment rights in schools, libraries, and publishing. 2022 honorees were recognized during Let Me Speak, a Celebration and Benefit [...]
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An organized political attack on books in schools threatens the education of America’s children. NCAC and over 600 co-signers are deeply concerned about this sudden rise in censorship and its impact on education, the rights of students, and freedom of expression.
How does the First Amendment protect the rights of students and teachers? This guide provides background on the legal and practical questions surrounding school censorship controversies.
NCAC celebrated another year of free expression advocacy on November 1 at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. Scroll through the photo gallery below and watch the inspiring speeches from this year's honorees - Rainbow Rowell, Aaron Bell, and Pat Scales. (Bonus content included! A video tribute to Rainbow from readers around the world, and coverage of the event from School Library Journal and Cory [...]
Facebook, nude art and conservative lawmakers are just a few elements of NCAC's top offenders/defenders of free speech list. But who made the no 1 spots?
Board of Directors Jon Anderson President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division (New York, NY) Jon Anderson has been President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division since 2009. In his position, Mr. Anderson is responsible for the overall operations for the Children’s Division including editorial and production, publicity, marketing and licensing activities. He [...]
Update: KRRP wins again! Last night, the board President withdrew his appeal before it went to a vote, resulting in the return of the book to the shelves of Sussex Central High's library. Read more about the meeting here. Another day, another Cameron Post challenge. Just months after NCAC fought tirelessly against a challenge to emily m. danforth's lauded The Miseducation of Cameron Post in Cape Henlopen, DE, [...]
"Complacency is ever the enabler of darkest deeds." Robert Fanney recognized, as we do at NCAC, that silence and apathy lead to repression and censorship. In our 40th anniversary year, we celebrate the artists, authors, students, educators, librarians, lawmakers, celebs du jour, and yes, even corporations, who refused to remain silent on the top threats to free speech in 2014. [...]
Expert Argues That Profanity Is No Reason to Remove Cameron Post From Cape Henlopen High School Summer Reading List
Two weeks ago, NCAC's Kids' Right to Read Project and other organizations sent a letter to the Cape Henlopen school district in Delaware expressing serious concerns over the removal of Emily M. Danforth's award-winning novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post, from a summer reading list for the high school's college prep and honors classes. This week, we enlisted the aid of [...]
Interviews from the National Coalition Against Censorship's 2012 Free Speech Matters Annual Celebration of Free Speech and Its Defenders.
NCAC and eight other groups blast CommonSenseMedia.org for its book rating system, which warns about all the things “to watch out for” hidden between the covers of books, but rarely has anything good to say about the value of literature and reading.
Roles and Responsibilities A. School Officials, Boards and State Mandates The school board’s role is to define an educational philosophy that serves the needs of all its students and reflects community goals. In this process, most districts see a role for parents and other community members. Educational advisory boards can also assist educators in discerning the needs and perspectives of [...]
Introduction | The First Amendment and Public Schools | Censorship | How Big a Problem is Censorship? | Roles and Responsibilities | Censorship Policies | Resource Guide Promoting First Amendment Values at School A. School Officials, Boards and State Mandates: The school board’s role is to define an educational philosophy that serves the needs of all its students and [...]