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Freedom to Learn

Advancing America’s promise that everyone will enjoy the freedom to learn

Resisting book banning and censorship, challenging efforts to restrict education, and supporting school board members and other public officials who are targets of political attacks.

Defending education for more than 40 years

Since our founding more than 40 years ago, we’ve been a leader in the fight against censorship and book banning. We've taken on politicians from school board members to senators who've attempted to restrict or outright ban educational materials, and we've rallied activists around the country to defend the freedom to learn for the next generation.

What we've accomplished

We launched a petition which gained more than 16,000 signatures in response to the College Board—the organization which administers the SAT and creates the curricula for Advanced Placement (AP) classes—watering down parts of its AP African American Studies course curriculum. The College Board eventually acknowledged its missteps and, following our petition delivery, reversed course on its planned cuts to the curriculum. 

We also launched a petition strongly urging children’s book publisher, Scholastic, to change its new policy of removing or segregating books at children’s book fairs, and, following intense public pressure from groups including People For the American Way, Scholastic reversed course and said it would not banish books about race, gender or sexuality to a separate section at school book fairs.

Our petitions have garnered tens of thousands of signatures from activists who believe in the freedom to learn.

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