Independent School District No. 12 v. State of Oklahoma

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Ruled in a unanimous decision, against the state board and instructed it to dismiss the enforcement proceedings it brought against a district school library over certain books that allegedly violated new state board rules against sexualized content. The Oklahoma Supreme Court said state statutes give local school boards discretion over what books are in local school libraries, that no specific Oklahoma statute authorizes state officials to control that local decision-making, and the state boards’ supervisory authority over public school administration does not negate the legislature’s specific grants of discretion over local schools’ book selections. 

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