Posts Tagged ‘ academic freedom ’

State Lawmakers Increasingly Threaten Academic Freedom on Campus

January 11, 2017
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State Lawmakers Increasingly Threaten Academic Freedom on Campus

In 2014, South Carolina legislators displayed their utter disregard for academic freedom when they attempted to enact punitive budget cuts against two public institutions of higher education that utilized LGBTQ-themed books–including Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home–in voluntary reading programs for students. Sadly this sort of ideological meddling continues to spread in other states, as University of…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposed to Disclaimer for College Literature Course

June 29, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Opposed to Disclaimer for College Literature Course

Today, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship to oppose a “disclaimer” on the English 250 syllabus at Crafton Hills College. The college affirmed that it will not be “eradicating” any graphic novels from the course, but it has stated that future syllabi for the graphic novel course include a disclaimer “so students have a…

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Kansas Senate Passes Bill That Could Jail Teachers for Controversial Material

March 3, 2015
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Kansas Senate Passes Bill That Could Jail Teachers for Controversial Material

The Kansas Senate last week passed a bill that could send teachers to jail if they expose students to material deemed “harmful to minors.” While proponents say the intention is to shield children from pornography, critics fear that the overbroad statute could criminalize many legitimate topics of study, from literature to art to biology. In…

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Jefferson County School Board Votes to Expand Review Committee

October 6, 2014
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Jefferson County School Board Votes to Expand Review Committee

At the Jefferson County, Colorado school board meeting Thursday night, a contentious plan to review the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum was modified but not entirely defeated. Although the board did not vote on a proposal to avoid materials that “encourage civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law,” many teachers, students, and parents…

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