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Missouri Attorney General's invasion of 'academic freedom'

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Free speech advocates say Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is attacking academic freedom by filing records requests at schools and universities, targeting issues of journalistic fact-checking and social-emotional learning.

Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed many open records requests to Missouri schools recently. While public schools and universities are compelled to respond to records requests because they’re government institutions, some advocates are concerned that the record requests, which target journalistic fact-checking and social-emotional learning, are an attempt to limit academic freedom.

Nomin Ujiyediin spoke with Tessa Weinberg, reporter for the Missouri Independent, to get some background on why Schmitt, who's also running for U.S. Senate, made those requests.

Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love and KCUR Studios and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.

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