January 24, 2022

Utah: “Following Backlash Over Library Books, State School Board Looks to Write New Rules on Library Policy”

From KUER/Utah Public Radio:

The Utah State Board of Education will move “quickly but carefully” to issue a new rule on how school libraries choose and review content, members said in a meeting Friday.

A USBE rule is similar to law and is legally binding for districts and charter schools in the state.

The board’s law and licensing committee is responding to calls from parents to remove books from school libraries they say contain inappropriate and pornographic images or descriptions. Others worry, however, the efforts could lead to censorship, particularly of books from or about diverse perspectives.

“As hard as this is going to be and it’s controversial, I think the board needs to set some minimum standards,” said committee chair Carol Lear.

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