In the latest chapter in the debate over the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the U. S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12 said it will decide whether the government can restrict internet surfing at public libraries.

Whichever way it goes, the high court ruling will not have a direct bearing on schools, but the decision could influence whether free-speech advocates mount a subsequent challenge to CIPA as it pertains to school computers

In the current case, the court will resolve whether federal funding can be stripped from libraries that


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