Banned Identities, Forbidden History: Challenging School Censorship Laws
Wednesday, October 26 2022
About the Event
Laws censoring what teachers can teach and what students can learn are being advanced by far-right politicians in states across the U.S. Restricting teaching about American history and race, silencing discussions of LGBTQ+ people and families in classrooms, attempts to ban books from school and public libraries are all hurting students, depriving them of essential information and skills and leaving them unprepared to address some of our most pressing challenges.
Join GLAD and Equality Florida for a conversation between educators and advocates about the harmful impacts of such dangerous laws, strategies for challenging them, and efforts to advance supportive policies and protect public education’s important purpose: to provide all students with the skills, knowledge and supportive environment they need to thrive in school and as future adult members of their communities.
- Nadine Smith, Executive Director at Equality Florida
- Nikole Parker, Director of Transgender Equality at Equality Florida
- Chris Erchull, Staff Attorney at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
- Tina Philibotte, Chief Equity Officer for the Manchester School District
Andres Mejia, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice for the Exeter Region Cooperative School District
Tina Philibotte and Andres Mejia are also plaintiffs in GLAD’s lawsuit challenging New Hampshire’s school censorship law.
The conversation will be moderated by Michael Johnson, Chief Legal Strategist at GLAD.