A Statement from NCTE Leadership, November 16, 2023 - National Council of Teachers of English


A Statement from NCTE Leadership
November 16, 2023

This week NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English released a statement regarding the war in Israel and Palestine. The statement, as read, openly supports one side of the conflict and was unauthorized by NCTE leadership. We have received correspondence from members questioning who published the statement, what their role is, and wanting to make sure NCTE knew about it. This statement was not published by NCTE or its leadership team. Neither the Presidential Team of the Executive Committee nor NCTE staff were made aware of this statement prior to its publication.

As a leadership team, we deeply respect the varied opinions of our members. Intellectual freedom is critical to our organization, our members, and the students we serve.

We seek to ensure that members and the public are able to easily understand whose ideas are being espoused in statements and that NCTE and others are not intentionally or unintentionally misrepresented.


María E. Fránquiz, President
Shelley Rodrigo, President-Elect
Tonya B. Perry, Vice President
Valerie Kinloch, Past President
Antero Garcia, Incoming Vice President
Emily Kirkpatrick, Executive Director