Freedom to Read

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6-- The House and Senate Democratic Policy Committees co-hosted a public hearing in Harrisburg yesterday on the impact of censorship and book bans in public and school libraries. The hearing, held at the State Capitol, featured three panels of testimony that included perspectives from educators, parents, and policy experts who discussed the rise in book bans across the Commonwealth and the country. 

  • Testifiers:
    • Keith Willard- Secondary Social Studies Teacher, Central Bucks School
    • Darren Lausten- Parent, Pennridge School District
    • Kate Nazemi- Parent, Central Bucks School District
    • Deborah Gordon Klehr- Executive Director, Education Law Center of Pennsylvania
    • Sarah DeMaria- President-Elect, Pennsylvania School Library Association

Agenda + Testimony

Media Release + News Coverage