Your Right to Learn: Protect Against Classroom Censorship

In recent years, elected officials have moved to censor classrooms across Utah. They're trying to restrict students and teachers from discussing race, gender, and sexual orientation in public schools. At the same time, politicians and school boards are moving to ban books—predominately those by Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ authors— from public schools and libraries. Young people must see themselves and their experiences reflected in their classrooms and the books they read.

10 Books Utah Politicians Don't Want You to Read

As censorship of discussions about race, gender identity, and sexual orientation continues happening in schools, books on the same topics are targets for challenges and bans in public schools and libraries right here in Utah. We've highlighted works facing bans or challenges in our ACLU of Utah Banned Books Club Reading List.

What You Can Do to Fight Against Classroom Censorship

All young people have a First Amendment right to learn free from viewpoint censorship or discrimination — and the ACLU of Utah is committed to defending this right. 

Know Your Rights: Back to School Edition

Click on the Know Your Rights guide you want to read. 

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Use the National Right to Learn Toolkit

ACLU National has developed a toolkit; we hope you'll act against classroom censorship efforts in your school/school districts. There is no time to waste, so let's get started and do our part to ensure everyone has the right to learn.

Get the Message Out

Another way to fight school censorship is to spread the word that equitable and inclusive education is your right! If you need help finding your voice, we’ve supplied social media graphics that you can share with your network.