Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier to charge and prosecute teachers with distributing “harmful material” to minors.
Proponents say that would give needed protection to students, but opponents say it could criminalize the teaching of biology or controversial works of literature.
The bill is a response to a highly publicized incident at a Shawnee Mission middle school. A poster displayed in a sex education classroom listed several sexual acts, including oral sex, under the title “How do people express their sexual feelings?” It did not contain any images.
A version of this article appeared in the February 18, 2015 edition of Education Week as Teachers Face Prosecution Under ‘Harmful Material’ Bill