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SUNY Cortland Senior Researches Impact of School Censorship on Public Education


SUNY Cortland senior and aspiring teacher Emma Stack recently sought to discover the growing impact censorship in schools has on public education.

SUNY Cortland senior Emma Stack. Image via SUNY Cortland

Stack is one of SUNY Cortland’s 12 undergraduate research summer fellows this year, and is using her project “The Books that Bind: Analyzing the Effects of the Banned Book Effort on the Public Education System” to help educators assess the issue. As part of her research, Stack is interviewing three teachers and one librarian in the New York public education system. She’ll then analyze those conversations, looking to decipher similarities and differences in the participants’ responses. Stack will then complete a formal-write up of her findings she hopes to present at conferences.

Stack’s goal is to help gauge the severity of the issue, which in turn will help educators better adapt to the changing legal landscape.

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