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Kansas Senate Committee Considers Bill to Remove Teacher Protection

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Opponents of a bill that would allow criminal prosecution of teachers for presenting material "harmful to minors" say the measure could turn educators into criminals for discussing such literature as "Huckleberry Finn." The Senate Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee on Wednesday heard testimony on the measure, which would remove from state law an exemption from criminal prosecution held by K-12 teachers for materials they present. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a similar bill emerged from a different Senate committee last year but never cleared the full House or Senate. Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican, says parents should have the right to protect their children from harmful materials, especially in schools.

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