LCSD1 Board of Trustees talk book policy

Published: Jul. 18, 2023 at 11:46 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - An LCSD1 Board Trustee meeting is held Monday, July 17th, at 6:00 pm in the boardroom in Storey Gym.

The board will be discussing the school library book policy.

LCSD1 opt-out policy currently allows parents to make choices for their children.

They are letting parents opt out of select titles and authors so that parents don’t have to be familiar with every title.

In this meeting, officials will discuss the proposed “opt-in” option for parents.

This will give four levels of materials and choices for more diverse reading, and the board will finalize a working definition of sexually explicit material.

Moms for Liberty of Laramie County weighed in and said,

“We appreciate the work of the LCSD1 school board in the effort to move towards defining age-inappropriate books for our children. Moms for Liberty of Laramie County is also very interested in the 2023/24 proposed budget that’s on the agenda for Monday’s meeting.”

“This is taking away from the education of our children because we are taking away the education we experienced. By pushing for an overarching policy that kind of takes away, it’s not even student’s rights, you’re taking away parents’ rights to decide whether a book is sexually explicit or not.” Ray Kasckow, Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator, Wyoming Equality.

The group continues to say that they encourage parents and Laramie County taxpayers to use their voices on public education issues and our children’s well-being.

Opt-out advocates say to wear purple if folks attend the meeting Monday night to support parents’ rights and liberty in reading.