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Book Bans and "Divisive Concepts" Censorship Efforts in K-12

Book Bans and "Divisive Concepts" Censorship Efforts in K-12 Schools Across the US - The Current State of Law and Implications
Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Over the past several years, there has been a troubling rise in efforts to remove and/or ban certain books from public school libraries and classrooms and to censor and penalize public school instruction involving matters related race, gender, and a vague range of what the would-be censors call “divisive concepts” using framing in a September 2020 federal Executive Order forbidding diversity training characterized as divisive.

This program will describe the forms such book bans and censorship efforts have taken, including formal legislation and less formal actions across the U.S. and in New York. It will then place the book bans and other education censorship efforts based on “divisive concepts” in the context of existing constitutional law, noting the complex legal issues they present.

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CLE Credit:
New York: 2.0 Professional Practice
New Jersey: 2.2 General
California: 2.0 General
Pennsylvania: 1.5 General
Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

Program Fee:

Free for Members | $50 for Nonmembers

Program Chair:
Natalie Gomez-Velez, City University of New York School of Law

Sponsoring Association Committees:
Education and the Law, Jonathan D. Glater & Rebecca Berkebile

Co-Sponsored By:
Office of Diversity & Equity & Inclusion & Belonging, Tanya Martinez-Gallinucci, Executive Director
Small Law Firm Center 

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