Kids’ Right to Read Project

Remembering Toni Morrison

By |2019-08-07T10:59:57-04:00August 6th, 2019|Blog|

Joan Bertin (former executive director, NCAC), Toni Morrison, Fran Lebowitz “The thought that leads me to contemplate with dread the erasure of other voices, of unwritten novels, poems whispered or swallowed for fear of being overheard by the wrong people, outlawed languages flourishing underground, essayists’ questions challenging authority never being posed, unstaged plays, canceled films—that thought is a nightmare. As [...]

Considerations and Guidelines for School Officials

By |2019-04-30T11:38:57-04:00April 30th, 2019|Blog|

School officials have broad discretion to establish curricula and decide what materials to include in their classrooms and libraries. However, parents, special interest groups and others sometimes attempt to impose their personal beliefs on the public school system and demand the removal of educational materials. Listed below are some general considerations school administrators should take into account when such challenges [...]

Fraternal Order of Police Challenges Summer Reading List in South Carolina High School

By |2019-11-06T15:43:31-05:00July 2nd, 2018|Blog|

Both The Hate U Give and All American Boys have been highly praised for their complex handling of stories centering on the intersections of racism and police violence, but local police are challenging the books' inclusion on Waldo High School's summer reading list.

Florida School District Textbook Policies

By |2019-03-21T10:31:09-04:00June 11th, 2018|Selected Resources|

A key step to defending the right to read freely in your school is understanding the policies that govern the selection and review of instructional materials. What To Look For A Clear Selection Procedure: A good policy should outline a clear process and criteria for textbook selection.  Criteria can include subject matter relevance, accuracy, and recommended grade level. These same [...]

Meet Maggie Budzyna: A Young Filmmaker Determined to Resist Injustice

By |2018-06-28T11:49:55-04:00April 9th, 2018|Blog|

Maggie Budzyna's debut film, CENSORED, tackles the slippery slope of banning words from public dialogue. We spoke with the 17-year-old filmmaker about censorship, youth activism and the importance of using her artistic freedom to resist injustice. Watch her film and read the interview.

NCAC Opposes Removal of To Kill A Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn from Minnesota Classrooms

By |2018-02-20T16:21:28-05:00February 7th, 2018|Press Releases|

While it is understandable that a novel that repeatedly uses a highly offensive racial slur would generate discomfort among some parents and students, the problems of living in a society where racial tensions persist will not be resolved by banishing literary classics from the classroom.

The State of the First Amendment: 2017’s Top Free Speech Offenders and Defenders

By |2019-06-12T16:49:45-04:00December 20th, 2017|Blog|

During a year of marked ideological divisions, the right to free expression has been challenged by everyone from the alt-right to the far left. Our core values have been attacked by activists across the political spectrum. In this tumultuous year, we commend the allies who refuse to be silenced and continue to defend the right to free speech and its value to our society.

Free Speech and Educational Advocacy Organizations Call on Baltimore City School Administrators to Restore BUCK in Classrooms

By |2017-12-19T17:56:09-05:00December 19th, 2017|Press Releases|

An Open Letter to the Baltimore City Public School District: The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and its partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project urge administrators to return BUCK: A Memoir by Professor M.K. Asante to the high school curriculum so that students can see their lives reflected in the books they read. Its removal was arbitrary and damaging to students.

NCAC Urges Texas School District to Reverse Ban on The Hate U Give

By |2017-12-07T12:18:06-05:00December 6th, 2017|Press Releases|

Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give has been removed from school libraries in Katy Independent School District in suburban Houston, Texas. After reviewing the district’s own book review policy, NCAC is formally urging the district’s superintendent to reinstate the book while it is under review.