Texas Civil Rights Groups and Education Equity Organizations Demand Granbury ISD Must Return Removed Books and Reaffirm Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFeb. 28, 2022 HOUSTON — Texas civil rights groups and education equity organizations are demanding that Granbury Independent School District (ISD) return 125 books removed from shelves and any additional books that were also disappeared. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (ACLU of Texas), American Civil Liberties Union, Big Thought, Children’s Defense […]

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Teach the Truth: A Conversation with Jerry Craft

Numerous Black authors have watched as right-wing leaders ban their books from libraries and classrooms across the country, and in Texas, a state rep has launched an investigation targeting hundreds of titles. One book of the books on the list is Class Act by Jerry Craft. Craft sat down with us to discuss book banning, the impact of classroom censorship on his work, public school students, and the community as a whole. […]

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Is the SBOE Bringing the Circus to Town Again?

The Texas State Board of Education will rewrite state standards for history, government and other social studies courses this year. The last time this happened, in 2010, the whole process became — to put it bluntly — a circus. It embarrassed Texas before the eyes of the country and the world. That year, the board made hundreds of changes, often based not on facts but on personal political beliefs. The result is a set of standards that have been panned even by conservative think tanks as a “politicized distortion of history” that downplayed slavery as the cause of the Civil War, dismissed the separation of church and state, portrayed civil rights gains as having negative consequences, and much more. […]

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