Now that the radical conservatives have been temporarily beaten back from the State Board of Education, they are trying a new tact to control schools. Lance Kinzer from Olathe has proposed a bill to strip primary and secondary school teachers from protections against laws related to obscenity.
Kansas has been at the center of a number of controversial book decisions that have upset conservatives and it seems that this bill is an attempt to muzzle teachers ability to select materials deemed offensive to delicate religious conservative sensibilities. It is not enough that school districts already have opt out provisions for parents who might object to certain material, now the conservatives lead by Kinzer want to control what all kids are exposed to regardless of what parents might want.
The story is reported in today's Lawrence Journal World.