Maquoketa teachers face censorship after parent complaints

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Maquoketa Community School Board members are expected to vote later this month on whether to adopt a state-required employee expression policy, regulating what a teacher can and cannot display in the classroom. At a recent school board meeting, members unanimously approved the first reading of a policy outling when the district can regulate employees’ expression and stating that classroom displays must be “primarily focused on curriculum.” The proposed policy follows complaints from some parents about LGBTQ+ Pride and Black Lives Matter flags in a teacher’s classroom. The board will hold a second reading of the proposed policy at its Oct. 17 meeting.