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Cultural and Language Rights in Arizona - Previous Revision

Throughout its 100 years of leadership in literacy education, NCTE has supported diverse perspectives and languages.  NCTE and its members have spoken out against the diversity issues in Arizona, including the 2012 removal of seven books from the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD).

"It's unacceptable for state and local officials to deny students a rich and diverse curriculum presented under the guidance of qualified teachers."
-- NCTE Executive Director Kent Williamson

NCTE Press Releases

English Council Raises Its Voice to Protest Tucson, Arizona, Book Censorship

NCTE Speaks Out on Arizona Department of Education Ruling on Teacher Speech

NCTE Executive Committee Moves 2012 Phoenix Convention to Las Vegas


NCTE Positions

CCCC Statement on Students' Right to Their Own Language

The Student's Right to Read

NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

More NCTE Position Statements 



The Battleground for America's Narrative: An Annotated Bibliography of the 84 Banned Books in Arizona

Early History of the NCTE Latino/Chicano Caucus



The Dismantling of Mexican-American Studies in Tucson Schools, CNN, January 22, 2012






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