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Ta-Ta to Texas Ethnic Studies Bills, May We Never Meet Again

Librotraficantes and their allies are dancing over the legislative grave of Texas HB1938, which sought to limit which courses university students could take to fulfill state history requirements. After impressive advocacy efforts on the part of Tony Diaz and Los … Continue reading

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NCAC Talks Textbook Censorship on Pacifica Radio

NCAC was invited to join Thresholds, a show on KPFT Pacifica radio out of Houston Texas in a conversation about textbook censorship and Texas and beyond. Kids’ Right to Read Project Coordinator Acacia O’Connor spoke about the dangers of the … Continue reading

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Book censorship round-up for this week

Suzanne Collins’s young adult novel The Hunger Games is challenged in New Hampshire by a parent whose 11-year old said the book gave her nightmares. The parent has yet to file a formal complaint or read the book. Regardless, the … Continue reading

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NCAC Protests Cancellation of Ellen Hopkins Appearance at Teen Lit Fest in Texas

An invitation to young adult novelist Ellen Hopkins to speak about her experiences as a writer was rescinded by the Superintendent of the Humble (Texas) Independent School District after some parents complained about the content of her books. NCAC coordinated … Continue reading

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Free speech surrendered: Corpus Christi at Tarleton State

The cancellation of Terrence McNally’s play Corpus Christi by Tarleton State University, under pressure from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and others, is an affront to academic freedom and First Amendment principles of free speech. The play … Continue reading

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A Textbook Case of Censorship

Last Friday the Texas Board of Education voted along party lines to approve a new school curriculum that will, in effect, rewrite history. The new social studies curriculum will address what one board member referred to as a “skewed” history … Continue reading

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Political opinions: “A good enough reason” to ban books?

In the children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, the title character answers the question of the title with, “I see a red bird looking at me.” For one member of the elected Texas Board of Education, … Continue reading

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Supreme Court rejects dress code case

Earlier this week the Supreme Court denied petition to review a high school student’s challenge to his school’s dress code. In denying review, the Supreme Court has chosen to leave the lower court’s holding intact — a holding that serves … Continue reading

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The fight over Texas science policy continues…

On Friday, March 26, the Texas Board of Education struck down a bill that required evolution be taught with consideration of the “strengths and weaknesses” of the theory. The new bill, however, is not a striking victory for advocates of … Continue reading

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Why Texas matters: Evolution education in “one of the nation’s biggest buyers of textbooks”

The New York Times reported yesterday on the fight in Texas over science standards. The standards for 20 years have required that science be taught in a way that show the “strengths and weaknesses” of Darwin’s theory of evolution.  The … Continue reading

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