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Kansas Slows Down Bill On ‘Offensive’ Materials

By Catherine Gewertz — March 11, 2014 1 min read

A measure that would make it easier in Kansas to prosecute teachers, librarians, or school principals for exposing students to offensive materials has been stalled.

The state Senate’s judiciary committee approved the bill late last month, but when controversy erupted, the Senate president sent it back to committee.

It would forbid anyone with “custody, control, or supervision of any commercial or public establishment” from “knowingly, recklessly” displaying materials or performances that are “harmful to minors.”

The bill was sparked by the concern of a Kansas City-area parent whose daughter snapped a picture of a sex education poster in her middle school that listed ways couples can express affection.

A version of this article appeared in the March 12, 2014 edition of Education Week as Kansas Slows Down Bill On ‘Offensive’ Materials

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