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Republicans’ classroom gagging bills are ‘attack on education’, PEN report says

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Republicans’ classroom gagging bills are ‘attack on education’, PEN report says

Aug 17 2022

Republicans have mounted an “attack on education” in 2022, according to a report, as lawmakers have introduced a soaring number of bills aimed at limiting classroom discussion of race and LGBTQ+ issues.

The number of “educational gag orders” introduced has increased by 250% compared with 2021, according to PEN America, a non-profit organization that works to protect freedom of expression in the US, as Republican legislators have sought to censor discussion of race and LGBTQ+ issues from the classroom. Florida’s ‘don’t say gay’ law may sound vague – but its purpose is clear

According to PEN, 137 of the gag orders, which it defines as “state legislative efforts to restrict teaching about topics such as race, gender, American history, and LGBTQ+ identities in K–12 and higher education”, have been introduced in 36 states so far this year. In 2021 the organization recorded 54 gag order bills in 22 states...

Source: The Guardian

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