How to Develop a Plan to Mitigate the Risk of a Book Ban

Rockville, Md., April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to Simba Informationthe nation’s leading textbook publishers were stunned when the state of Florida rejected 41% of mathematics textbooks adopted by florida schools as not meeting recently revised state standards and requirements. Because these books have already been selected through the standard textbook adoption process, rejected publishers have been taken by surprise and other educational publishers are unsure of the status of their own textbooks.

The American Library Association reported that attempts to ban books have reached their highest level in 20 years, and PEN America, a nonprofit literary association, said on its website that more than 150 bills “gag” have been introduced in state legislatures ever since. January 2021.

“This current state of uncertainty for educational publishers leaves this sector in a very vulnerable position,” explained Robert BerkmanEditor-in-chief of the Simba Information newsletter Education Market Advisor, who recently published an article titled “School Book Bans: What You Need to Know”. Berkman recommends a series of steps that can help publishers better prepare for potential censorship challenges, especially for content related to critical race theory, LGBTQ issues, and other areas targeted by publishers. conservative and parental choice movements.

These include:

  • Creation of a scenario planning working group composed of key people from the main representative segments of the company: editorial, marketing, sales, school relations, public relations and other key stakeholders.
  • Re-examine and commit to the ethics and mission of the organization. Working group discussions should be guided primarily by the founding principles of the organization.
  • Inventory the texts that could be disputed by certain States and understand how the legal notion of local community standards could be relevant and play during the examination of its books.
  • Know the options for opposing and appealing any book originally adopted but then rejected by states and school boards.

“Because this is a political year and a hot topic, this topic isn’t going away anytime soon,” Berkman added. “Educational publishers must get a head start, and not be merely passive recipients or victims of what can be a non-transparent and even arbitrary rejection process by national and regional school officials.”

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