The Biden administration has hired a new czar to oversee efforts to remove certain books from school libraries across the country, as officials continue to face backlash in cases where sexually explicit and controversial LGBTQ+ books have been present, according to Politico.
Former Obama administration official and nonprofit leader Matt Nosanchuk began serving as deputy assistant secretary of the Office for Civil Rights this week and will lead training sessions for schools and libraries on banning books. Nosanchuk’s past work has focused heavily on the LGBTQ community.
“Across the country, communities are seeing a rise in efforts to ban books – efforts that often aim to empty libraries and classrooms of literature about LGBTQ people, people of color, people of faith, key historical events and much more,” said an education ministry. an official said in an email to reporters Thursday. “These efforts pose a threat to students’ rights and freedoms.”
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The first session will be held via a webinar for up to 1,000 participants on September 26.
According to the American Library Association, which will host the session, participants will learn how the Department of Education enforces federal civil rights laws, including how the law applies to libraries, how “book bans” can violate civil rights laws and how to submit documents. complaints regarding potential violations.
Nosanchuk’s nomination comes just days after a contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on so-called “book bans” that went viral after Sen. John Kennedy, R.-La., questioned a college activist about the question of whether parents should have a say in books. available in public libraries.
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One of the books Kennedy read at the hearing, “All Boys Aren’t Blue” by George M. Johnson, has been banned in at least 29 local school districts and includes a graphic description of anal sex and other activites.
It was just the latest example of some controversial books coming to light as concerned parents clashed with school districts over the past two years over their right to get involved and remove their children from certain programs deemed inappropriate.
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The Department of Education and the White House did not respond to Fox News Digital.
Fox News’ Jamie Joseph contributed to this report.
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