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Today on Your Call: Who decides what kids can read in school?


On today's Your Call we’ll talk about how schools decide what students can read in their libraries and classrooms and what happens when books are prohibited.  In Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District recently banned a long list of books in the Mexican American Studies program from their schools including Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States.  So what are the criteria for school reading?  And who should make these decisions?  And how does this affect freedom in public education?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.   It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Olive Mitra, teacher at June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco

Yolanda Sotelo, teacher at Pueblo Magnet High School in Tucson, Arizona

Luis Garcia, senior at Pueblo Magnet High School

Elisa Meza, youth organizer with Unidos in Tucson, Arizona 



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Ali Budner came to KALW as a volunteer reporter with Crosscurrents in early 2009, then joined the Your Call team as a producer in March of 2010. She loves the dynamic daily interactions of live radio and the inspiring guests and listeners that Your Call attracts. She still makes stories for Crosscurrents in her free time.