Cuban discourse

I wrote last year about removing the more ‘personal’ or ‘general’ posts from this blog. Having done so, I still appreciate the fact that some of the blogs I subscribe to dip in and out of different styles. A good example of how this works is Michael Froomkin’s blog, discourse.net. Froomkin (of the University of Miami) was one of the early writers on Internet law, particularly on the theoretical side (including the memorably-titled habermas@discourse.net, a tour de force worth reading if you have (quite some) time to spare, and a sequel (of sorts) is in preparation). Anyway, his blog also includes some regular observations on the politics of Florida, and I think I’ve absorbed quite a few useful nuggets simply by being a subscriber.

This is all a preface to letting you know that there’s a post on discourse.net about this week’s 11th Circuit decision in ACLU of Florida v Miami-Dade County School Board (read the decision here (pdf), read the blog post here, and his earlier coverage here), which is a good blend of the two – a discussion of the case but also put into the context of local politics, which does add to the picture – in fact, it makes it much more interesting as a case. The School Board removed a children’s book, ¡Vamos a Cuba!, from school libraries, and the Court of Appeal upheld its right to do so. While the case looks interesting, I must confess that I haven’t read the heading-for-200 pages of it yet, but the post is a good summary of what is a fascinating case that I look forward to reading when I have more time; more coverage from the School Law Blog and Volokh. Updated: and from the ALA.