Sunday, May 14, 2023

Over 170 books banned from Florida school libraries

A Florida school district has removed 176 books from its libraries to comply with a new State education reform law supported by Governor Ron DeSantis.

The book "Roberto Clemente Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates" was among the books reviewed due to a passage referencing racism faced by the baseball legend.

The law requires that school books, from kindergarten to third grade, be reviewed by a media specialist to ensure they are free of pornography and certain race-based teachings and do not contain instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Violating parts of the law could lead to teachers being charged with a felony, which has sparked concerns among educators.

The removal of books has sparked criticism from teachers and parents who argue that the legislation creates unnecessary fear and limits educational resources.

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