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Georgia Senate Considers Controls on School Libraries and Criminal Charges for Librarians

Opponents said it’s important for students to be able to explore their interests and that the bill could violate students’ First Amendment rights.

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Court Upholds Block on Texas Law Requiring Sexual Content Ratings For School Books

The court said opponents are likely to win their legal challenge to the law aimed at keeping material deemed “sexually explicit” off school library shelves.

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Federal Lawsuit Against Florida School District That Banned Books Can Move Forward, Judge Rules

The federal lawsuit alleges the Escambia County School District and its School Board are violating the First Amendment through the removal of 10 books.

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Judge Blocks Most of an Iowa Law Banning Some School Library Books

Judge Stephen Locher’s preliminary injunction halts enforcement of the law, which has already had resulted in the removal of hundreds of books from Iowa schools.

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Publishing Industry Heavy-Hitters Sue Iowa Over State’s New School Book-Banning Law

The lawsuit is the second in the past week to challenge the law, which bans books with sexual content all the way through 12th grade. An exception is allowed for religious texts.

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Republican Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks in Des Moines

LGBTQ+ Rights Group Sues Over Iowa Law Banning School Books, Gender Discussion

Gov. Kim Reynolds, who signed the measure into law, defended it as “protecting children from pornography and sexually explicit content.”

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Professor Sues Mayo Clinic For Alleged Retaliation For Media Interviews

Mayo is a private college, but the lawsuit argues that the professor's punishment is in direct conflict with Mayo’s free speech and academic freedom policy.

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Ellen Weaver, South Carolina's 19th State Superintendent of Education.

South Carolina Education Board Weighing Limits on ‘Age Appropriate’ Materials

The regulation is the latest effort from conservative policymakers to restrict public school students’ access to books covering topics of race, gender identity and sexual orientation.

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