Censorship

Read about the suppression of speech or writing deemed offensive or inappropriate in schools
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June 1, 2022
Demonstrators gather on the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in front of the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida House Republicans advanced a bill, dubbed by opponents as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, to forbid discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, rejecting criticism from Democrats who said the proposal demonizes LGBTQ people.
Demonstrators gather on the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in front of the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla.
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School Climate & Safety Fla. School Board Reverses Decision to Censor Yearbook Photos From ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Protest
The Seminole County School Board scrapped the plan in response to public backlash.
Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, May 11, 2022
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Marchers wave U.S. and rainbow flags and signs as they walk at the St. Pete Pier in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, March 12, 2022 during a rally and march to protest the controversial "Don't say gay" bill passed by Florida's Republican-led legislature and now on its way to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk.
Marchers wave U.S. and rainbow flags and signs as they walk at the St. Pete Pier in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, March 12, 2022 during a rally and march to protest the controversial "Don't say gay" bill passed by Florida's Republican-led legislature and now on its way to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk.
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School Climate & Safety Fla. High School to Cover Yearbook Photos of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Student Protests
Lyman High School’s yearbook features photos of students holding rainbow flags and a “love is love” sign during a walkout protest in March.
Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, May 10, 2022
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Curriculum How Prevalent Are Book Bans This Year? New Data Show Impact
Two million students in 86 school districts have had access to books restricted due to book bans, according to a report by PEN America.
Eesha Pendharkar, April 7, 2022
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Curriculum Opinion AP Takes a Stand Amid the Raging Curriculum Debates. It’s Worth Emulating
The College Board has made it clear that it won't be cowed by ideologues, and that's heartening.
Rick Hess, March 21, 2022
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Teaching Profession In the Culture Wars, Teachers Are Being Treated Like 'Enemies'
Professional teaching groups warn that a crossfire of political and cultural conflict threatens teachers' ability to do their jobs.
Madeline Will, March 15, 2022
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Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center, poses with books that have been the subject of complaints from parents in recent weeks on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Salt Lake City.
Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center in Salt Lake City, shows books that have been the subject of complaints from parents this school year.
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Curriculum How Social Media Is Shaping Book Ban Debates
Social media utilized to fight against censorship or help those trying to remove books from school libraries.
Alyson Klein, March 14, 2022
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Reading & Literacy PEN America Receives $500,000 to Fight Book Bans
The donation from publishing CEO Markus Dohle aims to help ramp up anti-book ban efforts.
Eesha Pendharkar, March 11, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Let's Build Trust Instead of Banning Books
What would it take to have productive civic and classroom conversations about our deepest values? A religious studies professor offers ideas.
Jill DeTemple, March 10, 2022
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Law & Courts ‘We Must Protect This Right': Students Sue School District Over Banned Books
The banned books about race, gender, and marginalized communities include “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison.
Kaitlyn Alanis, The Charlotte Observer, February 18, 2022
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Families & the Community As Book Bans Spread, Suburban Moms Who Oppose Them Are Fighting Back
These mothers have deployed a series of unique strategies to convince board members to keep books about racism and homophobia.
Eesha Pendharkar, February 17, 2022
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Education Funding Fines, Budget Cuts, Spending Limits: How State Lawmakers Want to Censor Instruction
An Oklahoma legislator wants teachers to pay $10,000 or more out of their own pockets for teaching about sex or sexual orientation, for example.
Eesha Pendharkar & Mark Lieberman, February 14, 2022
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Policy & Politics Opinion Banning Books Is Not About Protecting Children. It's About Discrimination Against Others
Parents are pressuring schools to ban books. Is there anything more un-American?
Peter DeWitt, February 4, 2022
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Banning Books Won’t Make Students Safer
The suppression of Maus is the latest example of how unequipped noneducators are to judge developmental appropriateness.
Miriam Plotinsky, February 2, 2022
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