School library bill advances, sponsor suggests book burning
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republicans have advanced legislation that would place more scrutiny over what books are placed in public schools libraries just moments after the bill’s House sponsor said any inappropriate book should be burned.
The measure is just one of several proposals introduced in Tennessee this year designed to impose more scrutiny and transparency in public school libraries amid a national spike in book challenges and bans.
Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton introduced an amendment this week to a school bill that would give the state’s textbook commission veto power over what books end in school libraries.
Sexton says he would burn any book deemed inappropriate for schools, but said that likely won't happen since he's not on the commission.