Book-banning used to take place most often at a very local level. Even then it would make headlines if a classic work of literature was banned or removed from a school’s curriculum or library, Yahoo! News reports. In more recent years, curriculum rules for public schools have been established at the state level, often by elected officials or board members appointed by elected officials. Many of them are reluctant to be associated with book-banning or other broad curriculum changes that might attract the attention of the press and more moderate voters, as what happened with the Kansas State Board of Education in the run-up to the 2006 election

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