Jason Howell

Challenges to books in Kentucky libraries tripled in 2022 amid national jump in attempted bans

BY: - May 1, 2023

Like libraries nationwide, Kentucky libraries experienced a surge in challenges to materials in 2022. Data released by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom last week indicated the number of challenges nearly doubled in the U.S. since 2021, but in Kentucky they tripled. The number of attempts to restrict materials went from just seven […]

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Searching for hope in a cruel political season

BY: - April 10, 2023

FRANKFORT — I was sitting at my desk a stone’s throw from the Kentucky Capitol googling Galileo. Was the father of modern science really shown the instruments of torture to make him renounce his belief that the Earth circles the sun?  The authorities had divined that it was the other way around, that God had […]

Sex, gender, parents’ rights: A roundup of Kentucky education legislation

BY: - April 6, 2023

FRANKFORT — The recently-ended legislative session brought education to the forefront of Kentucky politics in an election year for statewide offices.  Lawmakers approved legislation aimed at tackling a shortage of teachers, though the Republican-controlled General Assembly never considered Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s proposal to provide school employees with 5% pay raises. The education debates that […]