1935 July 16

ACLU Condemns NYC Schools, Praises Police Commissioner


In a supplement to the ACLU Annual Report issued on this day, the New York Civil Liberties Committee accused the New York City schools of disciplining teachers and students who express “unpopular” views or who criticize school policies. The annual report also praised the new NYC Police Commissioner, Lewis Valentine, for his “understanding and cooperative attitude” regarding freedom of speech and assembly issues in the city. It found Valentine to be a refreshing change from the previous police commissioner on civil liberties issues.

The ACLU had a long struggle to win the right to speak in New York City Schools. See May 21, 1926, March 19, 1928, November 27, 1928 (when it finally won the right to speak in the schools, but only temporarily), and April 19, 1929.

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