Tell your legislator: Stop censorship in schools

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Knowing the full truth about history should be uncomfortable. There is a lot of good in America's history, but there are also the ugly facts of slavery, white supremacy, sexism, homophobia, economic oppression, and more.

Bills seeking to ban "divisive concepts" are a solution without a problem.

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Bills that would prohibit classroom discussions on topics such as race, sex, religion, creed, nonviolent political affiliation, or social class are striking examples of government censorship and could be subject to legal challenge. Government censorship is unconstitutional, even in schools. In 1969, the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

Teachers need more resources and students need access to counselors, after-school programming, and therapists.


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