Category Archives: Brian Pickett: Author

Report Card: THEATRE ARTS

Grade: C+ The show must go on? Back in December Rowlett High School canceled a production of the musical Rent after controversy was sparked by some particularly vocal parents in the community. The school’s theatre director said she made the … Continue reading

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Censorship = Boring. Valedictorian in Florida ordered to rewrite speech

In efforts to liven up her graduation ceremony, Springstead High School Valedictorian Jem Lugo planned on giving a speech that would poke fun at traditional graduation messages while perhaps giving her fellow students some thoughts to remember: I’m not gonna … Continue reading

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Students Speak Out on Teacher Layoffs

It’s not every day that students’ voices are heard concerning school policy. Indeed, most major decisions in public education are made with little or no student input. But with teacher layoffs pending in school districts across the nation,  hundreds students … Continue reading

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Confronting Censorship with a Flowchart

The ACLU and the ACLU of Tennessee  filed suit in Federal Court  against two Tennessee school districts, charging the schools are unconstitutionally blocking students from accessing online information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.  NCAC was involved in an … Continue reading

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2009 Film Contest Announced/ NYC Students Sound Off About Free Speech in School

On March 28, 2009, students from all over New York City gathered at the first annual Youth Voices Uncensored. This video, shot and edited by Kyle Graffam, captures highlights from the day as participants discussed the topic of this year’s … Continue reading

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Knoxville to Students: No LGBT Websites

In February 2009, NCAC and the ACLU of Tennessee jointly responded to a situation at a Knoxville, TN high school where internet filters are currently blocking constitutional protected material on the web, specifically sites that provide political and educational content … Continue reading

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Contested speech on college campuses

Student Press: No Socialists Allowed At least that seems to be the case at Central Connecticut State University where student journalist, Marissa Blaszko, was apparently  fired last month from the school paper because of her connections to the student club, … Continue reading

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