The MLA joined several other organizations in signing a letter criticizing the South Carolina legislature, which defunded programs at the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina, Upstate, because it objected to assigned reading. The letter states that “penalizing state educational institutions financially simply because members of the legislature disapprove of specific elements of the educational program is educationally unsound and constitutionally suspect and . . . threatens academic freedom and the quality of education in the state.” Read the full letter at the National Coalition against Censorship Web site.