ERIC Number: ED226432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Censorship--or Curriculum Modification? Revised.
O'Reilly, Robert C.; Parker, Larry
The rights and responsibilities of boards of education in restricting the availability of certain materials through school libraries are considered in this report. The document first treats the relationship between the demands of the First Amendment and parents' expectations regarding the appropriateness of certain materials for their children. Several court cases affecting the authority of a school board to review and remove materials from the school library are reviewed briefly. Following a brief exploration of the commonly held belief that certain information should be released to children only as they mature sufficiently, the document discusses "Pico v. Island Trees Union Free School District," a case in which parents sued a board of education to have books returned to library shelves. The authors recommend that school boards develop specific book procurement policies and a statement of guiding philosophy, and that these should allow citizen involvement in book removal processes. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: First Amendment; Pico v Island Trees Union Free School District
Note: Presented to a Convention of the Nebraska State School Boards Association (Omaha, NE, November 11, 1982).