Red States Doubles Down On School Library Books

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( – On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a new bill that would restrict individuals’ abilities to make any objections to books used in certain school districts if they did not have any students in that district.

HB 1285, the new educational bill would limit those without a bill to only one objection each month. Parents who have access to the school material in each district, whether because their schools are in public school or because they are home-schooled, will be able to file as many objections as they deem necessary.

In a press release regarding the bill, DeSantis stated that Florida was the top country in the United States for education. He added that by placing their attention on core academic subjects and rejecting having students indoctrinated they have managed to become the standard for educational excellence. As he noted this new legislation was going to help further even more than accomplishments in the state.

The new law is looking to deal with some of the logistical challenges that have emerged following the 2022 controversial law which had given individuals the right to raise objections regarding the books available in K-12 libraries in schools. The law is also speculating that only age-appropriate material should be available for schools.

Many have heavily criticized the law, which has resulted in many of the books in Florida getting banned especially in cases where they contain LGBTQ and race-related content and characters. The books that have been banned include Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Signs” and “Maus.”

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