Posted on November 11, 2021 at 8:17 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you feel like you’ve been seeing an increased number of book challenges, from your local school board up to your state legislature, you’re probably not wrong — or alone.

PEN America has released a report on the increase in bills targeting what can be taught in schools and state agencies.

It found that from January 2021 to September 2021, twenty-four legislatures across the US introduced fifty-four such bills.

Eleven of those bills have passed, and even more alarming to PEN is the fact that the language in them is appearing elsewhere, including at local school board business.

“Taken together, these efforts amount to a sweeping crusade for content- and viewpoint-based state censorship,” the report concludes.

The entire report on what PEN calls “educational gag orders” is available on the organization’s website; Literary Hub has a summary of the findings on its site as well.

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