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Gay student says school stopping run for student leadership

May. 18, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A 17-year-old gay student who was suspended for leading protests at his high school against Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay legislation says school administrators are now stopping him from running for senior class president. Because of the disciplinary...

Nampa school board votes to ban 22 books from libraries

May. 11, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A school board in southwestern Idaho has permanently banned 22 popular books from the district's libraries, including Margaret Atwood's “The Handmaid's Tale” and Khaled Hosseini's “Kite Runner.” The Nampa School Board made the vote on Monday, the Idaho...

Librarians, authors, publishers form anti-book ban coalition

May. 10, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Library Association, the American Federation of Teachers and more than a dozen other organizations have formed a coalition to fight the nationwide wave of book bans and challenges. Unite Against Book Bans ( https://uniteagainstbookbans.org ) also...

Nashville library offers 'I read banned books' library cards

May. 06, 2022 06:19 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Public Library is responding to library scrutiny in Tennessee with a goal to distribute 5,000 “I read banned books” library cards this month. “I want Nashvillians to know: Nashville Public Library will always respect your Freedom to Read —...

Eggers offers replacements for South Dakota banned books

May. 05, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Best-selling author Dave Eggers is offering high school seniors in South Dakota's second-largest city free copies of his book “The Circle” and copies of four books by other authors that were removed from the district's schools. School administrators in...

Possible overturning of Roe sends abortion fight to states

May. 03, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

The bombshell leak of a draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case legalizing abortion nationwide has set the country on course for an even more polarized and fluctuating landscape of abortion rights. Almost immediately, Republicans...

Draft opinion jolts Michigan, where abortion ban is on books

May. 03, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision reverberated in political battleground Michigan, where a near-total abortion ban may take effect again after nearly 50 years and is unlikely to be changed by the Republican-led...

Tennessee lawmakers pass K-12 library oversight, end session

Apr. 28, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers closed out their annual legislative session Thursday, striking a deal that would let a politically appointed panel remove books from public school libraries statewide through a new veto power over local school board decisions. The...

School library bill advances, sponsor suggests book burning

Apr. 27, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans advanced legislation Wednesday that would place more scrutiny over what books are placed in public schools libraries, moments after the bill’s House sponsor said any inappropriate book should be burned. The measure is just one of...

Florida high school activist Jack Petocz receives PEN honor

Apr. 27, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida teen who became a prominent opponent of the state's so-called “Don't Say Gay” bill will be honored at next month's PEN America gala. Jack Petocz, a high school junior, will be presented the PEN/Benenson Freedom of Expression Courage Award. “Jack...