Oklahoma Bill Would Effectively Let Any Parent Veto Any Public School Library Book
Oklahoma SB 1142, introduced by state senator Rob Standridge begins (numbering added):
[A.] No public school district, public charter school, or public school library shall maintain in its inventory or promote
 books that make as their primary subject the study of sex, sexual preferences, sexual activity, sexual perversion, sex-based classifications, sexual identity, or gender identity or
 books that are of a sexual nature that a reasonable parent or legal guardian would want to know of or approve of prior to their child being exposed to it.
Now there is likely no First Amendment problem with a public school district removing books that it sees as unsuitable for children, whether “because it contains offensive language or because it is psychologically or intellectually inappropriate for the age group.” In Board of Ed. v. Pico, the Court split 4-4 on whether a public school may remove library books based on the books’ viewpoint. (Justice White, who cast the deciding vote, expressly declined to reach that question.) But it seems pretty likely that removing at least some books from school libraries that are seen as too sexual would be constitutional, whether or not you think it’s a good idea. (I leave that sort of policy question to our readers to decide on their own, though I’m inclined to be skeptical about such categorical exclusions, especially as to books that really do involve “the study of” important f
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