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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

PAC Finds Book Banning Discussion Improper Topic of Closed Session

In a non-binding determination letter issued on October 7, 2022, the PAC determined that a school board violated the OMA when it improperly engaged in closed session discussions about banning a particular book from the school libraries. The school board defended its action by arguing that the discussion was permissible because it related to specific employees of the district and their actions in placing the book in the school libraries. After listening to the verbatim recording, the PAC rejected the school board's argument, finding that the majority of the school board's discussion in closed session was about the content of the book itself and whether it should be removed from the school libraries, which the PAC determined were not proper topics for closed session. Ill. Att'y Gen. PAC Req. Rev. Ltr. 72733.


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