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Decision months away over books at Clyde-Savannah school library

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In a recent development regarding the Clyde-Savannah Board of Education’s decision to keep five controversial books in its Junior/Senior High School library, legal efforts by conservative groups to remove these books have faced a setback.

The American Center for Law and Justice, representing Jacob Marchitell, pastor of Christ Community Church, and the Wayne County Moms for Liberty, had challenged the school board’s September 13 decision to retain the books. These books were initially voted to be removed in August but were later kept following the board’s reversal.

The legal team filed an appeal on October 18 with Betty Rosa, commissioner of the state Department of Education, seeking to annul the school board’s decision and request a temporary stay on the board’s reversal. However, on October 27, this request for a stay was denied by the Department of Education. A spokesperson for the department noted that all parties involved have been given a 30-day extension to file remaining pleadings, with the final due date set for January 3, 2024.

The department has indicated that it typically takes 6-8 months from the final due date to reach a decision, implying that a resolution in this case might not be expected until the latter half of 2024. As of now, the district has not commented on the denial of the stay request, and representatives for Marchitell and Moms for Liberty have not provided any remarks regarding the latest developments. This prolonged timeline indicates that the controversy surrounding these books, which some claim to be pornographic, is far from over and will continue to be a point of debate in the community.