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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Texas law requiring publishers and vendors to provide content ratings for books is unconstitutional; Nebraska town votes out school board member who tried to get books removed from library, and more.

Texas ‘Book Ban’ Law Blocked by 5th Circuit Appeals Court | KXAN
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Texas law, which would have required book publishers and sellers to provide content ratings for books, is an unconstitutional breach of the First Amendment protection against compelled speech.

Small-Town Nebraska Voters Oust School Board Member Following Library Book Controversy | NTD
Voters in Plattsmouth, NE, decided to recall one of their school board members after she tried to remove books from school libraries. Terri Cunningham-Swanson led an effort to have about 50 books removed from school libraries due to concerns about pornographic and/or inappropriate content. Students held a protest and one librarian resigned after the books were pulled from library shelves pending review.

Amid Challenges, Why School Library Books are Important to Austin-Area Students | Austin American-Statesman
Many students in Austin-area schools are frustrated with the proposed book restrictions and insist that the rules prove adults aren’t taking them seriously as critical thinkers.

Revived ‘Harmful to Minors’ Library Materials Bill Advances in Idaho Legislature | Spokane Public Radio
While fines and legal procedures have been modified, the bill still prohibits school or public libraries from giving or making any materials available to minors that “depicts nudity [or] sexual conduct," as well as “any other material harmful to minors.”

New Massachusetts Bill Would Protect School Librarian Selections |
The bill would clarify that certified school library teachers choose materials for libraries, while detailing a process for challenged materials that would keep books on the shelves during a review process.

Florida County Parents Want Input Considered in School Library Book Policy Decisions | News4 JAX
Clay County, FL, parents speak out at a school board forum seeking to give feedback on the school library book policy.

Bill O'Reilly Wants Governor To Respond After 'Killing' Books Pulled from Florida Shelves | Tallahassee Democrat
Conservative commentator and author Bill O'Reilly is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to change Florida laws that have led to a surge of book removals and restrictions. O'Reilly spoke out after two of his books were removed from school shelves in Escambia County.

Iowa Appeals Court Block on State Law Restricting School Books, LGBTQIA+ Subjects | Iowa Capital Dispatch
The state of Iowa is appealing a federal judge’s decision to block enforcement of a law that removes books with sexual content from public schools and restricts material related to LGBTQIA+ subjects for younger students.

Montana School Panel To Recommend Banning of Assassination Classroom in Library | Q2
A panel appointed by the Billings, MT, school board recommended that the book Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui be banned from school classrooms and libraries.

Kentucky District Returns Library Books After Removal
The Boyle County (KY) School District put 106 books back in libraries across five schools. The titles were originally removed in an effort to comply with new legislation.

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