The Maine regulation contributing to free-speech considerations in class districts

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One of many themes in nationwide conservative politics over the previous few years has been the backlash to academic insurance policies on LGBTQ and different points, and Maine has seen this play out domestically.

Final 12 months, the Hampden-area college district paid a settlement to conservative activist Shawn McBreairty after making an attempt to ban him from conferences. Within the November election, Windham will vote on an ordinance permitting recollects of native officers that was prompted by strife earlier than the college board. Tiny Sorrento shot down the same ordinance after a dispute over college library books.

Many districts are actually altering their insurance policies round public-comment intervals, one thing that the Solar Journal and Morning Sentinel checked out in an in-depth piece on the problem over the weekend that referred to as consideration to free-speech considerations. Among the many objects at concern is a 2019 regulation that made colleges take public remark.