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Chaos inside the Hickman Mills school board

The Hickman Mills school board finally seated its newly elected members this week — after the last meeting ended abruptly when two board members walked out. Plus: Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey’s emergency rules on gender-affirming care will restrict options for adults, creating alarm for LGBTQ communities across the U.S.

The Hickman Mills school district seated its new school board Monday night. That was supposed to happen last week, but that meeting ended early when two members walked out. KCUR’s education reporter Jodi Fortino spoke to Madeline Fox about the ongoing tensions that led to chaos — and what it means for the school district moving forward.

For weeks, Missouri Republicans have been seeking to bar minors from getting gender-affirming care. But Attorney General Andrew Bailey took a drastic change of course: His emergency rules include adults and could place barriers for them to access therapies and surgeries. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum reports that the rules are creating alarm among LGBTQ communities here and around the country.

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