Heather Hollingsworth | Associated Press
As some children struggled to keep up with school in the early years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states saw significant increases in the number of students held back to repeat grades. Twenty-four of the 28 states that provided data for the most recent academic year saw increases, according to an Associated Press analysis.
The wave of book bannings around the country has reached a level not seen for decades. So has the level of the response.