New state laws to censor student reading material

State legislators are introducing laws to require keepers of library databases cataloging books, journals and articles to limit student access to material obscene, pornographic sexually exploitative or harmful to minors. Utah and Tennessee already have laws on the books with laws pending in Minnesota and Oklahoma. Educators fear that the laws could further restrict teachers’ ability to deal with issues of race, racism, sex and gender identity. (The Washington Post, May 10, 2022, by Hannah Natanson)

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