The position of the Guild is clear - government employees are NOT to dictate which books schools will use.
However, as Passsive Guy points out,
this is an argument between two different entities comprised of government employees.Furthermore, like the Guild, the police organization - the FOP, the Fraternal Order of Police - is NOT an official part of government. It is a private, voluntary organization - which makes this NOT censorship, which is action by government.
Because I like to see context, I checked out some of the lists (the two books that caused objections are boldfaced):
English I - CP (College Prep)
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds - kid out to avenge brother's death, meets people who have been affected by violence
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - story of refugees on a boat that will be sunk - set in WWII
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon - chance meeting between rich privileged boy, and poor immigrant Jamaican girl who is being deported
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds - what are the odds! Another book by the same guy as above! This is one of the ones that was specifically objected to. It deals with racial tension in school and community (hint: the cops AREN'T the good guys)
- Denton Little’s Death Date by Lance Rubin - science can predict your date of death - the named protagonist is due to die tomorrow.
- Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin - alternative WWII history - girl escapes from death camp, is changed by experiments performed on her
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - a classic, for once
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles - yet another classic - one that is specifically anti-war
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - yet another classic - government is the evil one, again
- Lord of the Flies, by William Golding - yet another classic, this one showing how awful young men are
- A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Innter City to the Ivy League, by Ron Suskind - yes, that IS a typo in the list - poor Black kid succeeds
- Educated, by Tara Westover - a girl from a survivalist family leaves them, and 'gits her an edu-ka-shun'
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance - biography
- Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse,by Robin Hutton - bio of a horse - but, she's FEMALE!
- The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls - po' girl leaves crazy family behind, becomes successful (hey, isn't there already one book on the list like that?)
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, (fiction) - Indian kid moves to a school off-rez, where is it the only Indian other than the mascot
Alice in Zombieland by Gina Showalter, (fiction)
- Gal by Ruthie Bolton, (biography) - girl grows up in abusive SC home
- Gym Candy by Carl Deuker, (fiction) Groomed by his fater (sp) to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids.
- Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls, (fiction) - ranch girl, breaks horses, grows up to speak against prejudice (another by the same author as the above list)
- Sunrise of Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers, (fiction) - Robin Perry from Harlem is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.