Instead of giving books a scarlet letter, school boards should encourage teachers to explain to parents how and why they select certain materials and what educational purposes these materials serve for their children. F
The bill, promoted by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), seeks to legalize and extend NSA mass surveillance programs, including the classified phone records surveillance program confirmed by documents released by Edward Snowden this summer.
In the now-infamous "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case – Morse v. Frederick – the Supreme Court ruled this week that school principal Deborah Morse did not violate Joseph Frederick’s First Amendment rights. Below, we’ve collected commentary on how this landmark case (the first time the Court has weighed students’ free speech rights in over 20 […]
NCAC Censorship News NCAC’s newsletter, published quarterly, contains information and discussion about freedom of expression issues, including current school censorship controversies, threats to the free flow of information, and obscenity laws. A full archive is available online. Censoring Science: A Stem Cell Story This article from NCAC’s The Knowledge Project analyzes the […]
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The Adams 12 School Board voted to settle a challenge to Toni Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’ in Advanced Placement literature classes. The board voted in support of the superintendent’s decision, not outright banning the book but approving such great restrictions as to make the book impossible to teach.
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Following a second letter from the Kids’ Right to Read Project and a little help from Judy Blume, the school board of Glen Ellyn School District 41 in Illinios voted to restore access to The Perks of Being a Wallflower in middle school classroom libraries.
The May 20 reading at the Players Club will celebrate the controversial play about sex, money and gender roles, which was shut down during its 1905 debut.
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.
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Come one, come all! We’re inviting everyone–students, teachers, librarians, authors, anyone with a love for free speech and good books– to participate in our Youth Free Expression Project film contest in a new way: by casting a vote for the People’s Choice Award.
From left to right: YFEP Film Contest Winners Patrick Rooks, Caitlin Wolper, Jake Gogats, Summer Lee, and Urban Word NYC Youth Performer Amani Breanna We appreciate everyone who came out for a fun day of youth-made films at our 2011 Youth Voices Uncensored screening at the New York Film Academy. In addition to the films […]
The National Coalition Against Censhorship was thrilled to hear that officials in Brevard County decided to reverse their ban on the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey and return the book to circulation. NCAC urged county officials to reconsider the ban in three letters this month, including a joint letter with the ACLU.
From left to right: YFEP Film Contest Winners Patrick Rooks, Caitlin Wolper, Jake Gogats, Summer Lee, and Urban Word NYC Youth Performer Amani Breanna We appreciate everyone who came out for a fun day of youth-made films at our annual Youth Voices Uncensored screening at the New York Film Academy. In addition to the films […]
PayPal, which plays a dominant role in processing online sales, has taken full advantage of the vast and open nature of the Internet for commercial purposes, but is now holding free speech hostage by clamping down on sales of certain types of erotica.
For our annual benefit, Penguin Young Readers Group produced a fabulous video of authors speaking out on censorship and the fight for free expression. Laurie Halse Anderson! Lev Grossman! John Green! Maureen Johnson and more!
See videos from our Banned Books Readout tent at the 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival
NCAC stands with Open The Government and co-signers to protect against coverups and overly broad exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act