Only in America
▪ NPR’s reading and tweeting of the entire Declaration of Independence on July 4 sparked outrage among supporters of President Trump who mistook the founding document’s reference to an unjust “tyrant” for anti-Trump propaganda. “So NPR is calling for a revolution,” one Trump supporter responded. Said another, “This is why you’re going to get defunded.”
▪ Florida lawmakers have given every resident the right to formally challenge the use of specific books in the state’s public schools. The new law compels administrators to hold a public forum on any book that any challenger claims is “not suited to student needs.” Critics say this vague standard could be used to intimidate teachers and to ban classic novels and textbooks about climate change, evolution, and history.