Monthly Archives: September 2009

Banned Books Week Book Censorship Update

Some good and bad news for you today, folks, on the fifth day of Banned Books Week… First the good news: In Pennsylvania, Downingtown West High School followed model procedure in addressing a challenge against Laurie Halse Anderson’s Twisted.  We … Continue reading

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Happy Banned Books Week!

It’s Banned Books Week, and to celebrate we are asking for a little interaction from our readers… We would love to know which banned books are your favorites — please post your comments below and stay tuned for more Banned … Continue reading

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Kids’ Right to Read Protests Efforts to Censor YA Author Ellen Hopkins

Its Banned Books Week and yet efforts to censor books in the U.S.A continue. In fact, just this past week, Ellen Hopkins, author of the Banned Books Week Manifesto was censored in Norman, Oklahoma. According to Ms. Hopkins, “I was … Continue reading

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The Kids’ Right to Read Project Confronts Censorship in PA

On Monday, we reported on the Kids’ Right to Read Project’s response to a challenge in North Pocono High School against Laurie Halse Anderson’s book Speak.  We have since learned North Pocono is not the only place in PA where … Continue reading

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The FCC Favors Net Neutrality

On Monday, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski announced the commission’s support of net neutrality, a principle which holds that Internet Service Providers (e.g. Comcast, Verizon, Time-Warner, AT&T) should not be permitted to discriminate against specific online content or applications and privilege other content … Continue reading

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KRRP Protests Book Censorship in Pennsylvania and California

The Kids’ Right to Read Project is urging the general public to speak out against book censorship at two high schools, one in Pennsylvania and the other in California where Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Jeannette Wall’s The Glass Castle … Continue reading

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Presidential speech treated as R-rated movie

Under an onslaught of vocal protests that President Obama’s “stay in school and study hard” speech was a means to “indoctrinate” children into “socialist” values and the President’s political “agenda” schools and whole school districts decided not to show the … Continue reading

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Author of the Banned Books Week Manifesto Censored!

Ellen Hopkins, author of numerous Young Adult titles as well as most recently, the Banned Books Week Manifesto is being censored in Norman, Oklahoma. Hopkins was scheduled to speak at Whittier Middle School on September 22nd about her experiences as … Continue reading

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“Doomsday” budget may shut down Philadelphia Library system

As Benjamin Franklin rolled over in his grave, the Pennsylvania State Senate discussed Wednesday night whether all of Philadelphia’s 54 libraries will have to close on October 2.  Mayor Michael Nutter’s Plan C, or “Doomsday,” budget will start to go … Continue reading

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Youth Film Contest Deadline Extended to October 23rd

The deadline has been extended for our contest Free Speech in Schools: Does it Exist? Students 19 and younger are encouraged to film their response in 4min or less for the chance to win up to $1000 and a scholarship … Continue reading

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