N.Y. lawmaker seeks to shield college texts from public view

A bill with a powerful sponsor in New York’s Legislature would seek to bolster the academic freedom of professors by denying public access to books, films and other resources being used in classrooms.”

“The latest of recent proposals to limit records from public disclosure would exempt college classroom teaching materials from the state’s Freedom of Information Law.”

“The college classroom has always been an open forum,” according to the written justification for the bill, sponsored by Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairman Ronald Canestrari. “The inclusion of college classroom teaching aids and materials under (the state Freedom of Information Law) only creates an unnecessary concern which may limit an instructor’s ability to pass on knowledge and ideas to students.” (from First Amendment Center via Newpages)