The freedom to learn, read, discover and create is crucial to educating informed citizens. The menu below contains resources to help you better understand how the First Amendment protects students and schools, learn about relevant cases and take action against censorship in your schools and communities.

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Featured Resources for Teachers, Parents, and School Officials

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See the National Council of Teachers’ of English position statement on rating and red-flagging books.

NameIssue
NCAC's Book Censorship ToolkitBooks, Schools
The Show Must Go On: A Toolkit for Organizing Against Theater Censorship in Public SchoolsSchools, Theatre & Performance
LGBTQ Right to Read Resource GuideBooks, Sexuality
LGBTQ Book Bans and ChallengesSexuality, Schools
Student JournalismSchools, Broadcasting
The First Amendment in Schools: Resource Guide: Parents' RightsSchools
Student Protests During National Anthem and Pledge: A Resource and TimelinePolitical Dissent, Schools
Political Speech in SchoolsPolitical Dissent, Schools
Islam in the Classroom: Teaching About Religion is Not Religious IndoctrinationReligion, Schools
Islam: Indoctrination or Education? A TimelineReligion, Schools
The First Amendment in Schools: Resource GuideSchools
The First Amendment in Schools: Resource Guide: Student Expression: Web Pages, Dress Codes, and MoreSchools
The First Amendment in Schools: Resource Guide: Harassment and Hate SpeechSchools, Harassment
Promoting First Amendment Values at SchoolSchools
Sex EducationSexuality
Student Artistic ExpressionVisual Art, Schools
The First Amendment in Schools: CensorshipSchools
The First Amendment in Schools: How Big a Problem is CensorshipSchools
The First Amendment in Schools: Censorship PoliciesSchools, Sexuality
The First Amendment in Schools: Roles and ResponsibilitiesSchools, Books
The First Amendment in Schools: The First Amendment and Public SchoolsSchools
The First Amendment in Schools: Resource Guide: Sex and SexualitySchools, Sexuality
The First Amendment in Schools: Access to Information on the InternetSchools, Internet
The First Amendment in Schools: Resource Guide: Religious Expression in the Public SchoolsSchools, Religion
The First Amendment in Schools: Student PublicationsSchools, Broadcasting
Internet Filters in Schools and LibrariesInternet, Schools
Cyberbullying: How Widespread Is It?Internet, Schools
Identifying What is Harmful or Inappropriate for MinorsInternet, Schools
Watch What you Tweet: Schools, Censorship, and Social MediaSchools, Internet
NCAC Testimony to US Commission on Civil Rights: Vague and Overbroad Definitions of Bully Threatens Students' Constitutional RightsSchools
Suppression of Gay/Straight Alliances on HS CampusesSexuality, Schools
Abstinence-Only EducationSexuality, Schools
Abstinence Only Partner OrganizationsSexuality, Schools
Sex and Health EducationSexuality, Schools
Abstinence Only: Joint Statement and OppositionSexuality, Schools
Timeline of Abstinence-Only Education in U.S. ClassroomsSexuality, Schools
Graphic Novels: Suggestions for LibrariansBooks, Visual Art