U.S. Justice Dept defends efforts to step up monitoring threats to school boards

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By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on Tuesday defended a new initiative to combat a rise in threats and harassment targeting public school boards and teachers across the country, after Republican lawmakers accused the Justice Department of trying to stifle parents’ free speech. In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monaco told lawmakers that the Justice Department is not trying to censor speech, but merely coordinate with state and local law enforcement to ensure “there is an awareness of how to report threats that may occur and to ensure…

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