Proposed new policy gives Forsyth County parents more say in teaching materials available to kids

John Thompson

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(Forsyth County, GA) In addition to books, Forsyth County parents could now have a say in other educational materials available to students.

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The current book policy and the proposed harmful to minors policy.(Photo/John Thompson)

Chief Technology Officer Mike Evans told the Forsyth County Board of Education (BOE) during its work session on September 13 that the school district is looking at implementing a new policy concerning material harmful to minors. The proposed policy will be under review for 30 days and voted on during the October BOE meeting.

Evans explained the policy mirrors Senate Bill 226 passed by the General Assembly earlier this year. The school system will maintain its challenge to books policy, but the new policy covers anything else in a classroom, such as digital resources.

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The new policy covers nudity, sexual content, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic acts.

The objectionable material must pass three tests to be challenged:

  • It predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors.
  • It is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole.
  • It lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors.

Evans said the challenge would only apply to a specific school, but Superintendent of Education Dr. Jeff Bearden said if the item is removed from one school, it would probably be removed from other schools that contain it.

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Evans also said that more than 4,200 parents had signed up for notification of books their children are checking out of school libraries.

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Chief Technology Officer Mike Evans explained the proposed new policy September 13.(Photo/John Thompson)

This notification system was recently implemented after a discussion by the board earlier this year. The new harmful to minors policy must be implemented by the board by January 1, 2023, to comply with state law.

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