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Conway College Board first bans books, now bans audio system from the general public

So are the Conway College Board “patriot” and her comrades already rising weary of democracy? First they banned books. Now, they’re briefly banning audio system from the general public, even college students’ dad and mom.

Usually, the board permits audio system from the general public to remark for as much as 5 minutes so long as they join prematurely and even then limits the variety of audio system.

Now the board has determined to ban all audio system at its assembly Tuesday night time whereas it considers additional limiting its speaker coverage to a few minutes. 

The board additionally has opted to maneuver its assembly from the highschool auditorium to a small room within the college’s administration constructing on Prince Avenue. If that makes you are feeling unwelcome, right here’s extra.

The proposed policy additionally would forbid audio system from yielding their time to a further speaker, one thing the board already does however now needs to place the matter in writing.

Invoice Polk, a retired Conway planning director who helped information town throughout a lot of its progress, mentioned the varsity district has now twice denied his requests to talk. First, he was advised the agenda was already full. Then, he was advised audio system have been on maintain whereas the coverage was being revised.

“I don’t perceive why they’d refuse” to let anybody converse, Polk mentioned.

Polk, who has three grandchildren within the college district and one who just lately graduated, mentioned he had needed to speak about ebook banning, how that may endanger a metropolis’s progress. “It’s going to have a destructive affect on companies” eager to find right here and folks “eager to dwell right here and folks eager to work right here,” Polk mentioned.

“Quite a lot of … companies are simply not eager about finding in a group that’s going to ban books, Polk mentioned. Ebook banning suggests a metropolis is “shut minded” and “not as open to numerous concepts.”

You might recall that the varsity board just lately voted to take away two books about transgender youths from the junior highschool library regardless of a committee advice that the books ought to stay within the library.

I’ve requested the varsity district when the board voted to vary its speaker coverage. I’m ready for a solution.

As for Polk, he mentioned he plans to ask the board for a 3rd time to talk at a future assembly. Right here’s hoping he succeeds this time.

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