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The education omnibus bill, Senate File 496, is scheduled for floor debate in the Iowa Senate today. The bill, which was amended by the Iowa House after initially passing the Senate, would make a number of changes to education in Iowa.

Notably, the bill would require all books in school libraries be “age appropriate.” It defines what age appropriate is by stating it doesn’t include books that contain graphic images or descriptions of a sex act.

It also prohibits instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation for K-6 grades.

Additionally, school administrators would have to notify parents if a child expresses a gender identity different from their biological sex.

The bill passed the Iowa House of Representatives 55-42 on April 4.


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