Florida Schools Allow Parents to Limit Book Access, But Few Take Advantage

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Florida schools let parents limit book access. Few do.

  • Some districts allow parents to restrict access to the library
  • Polk County school district lets parents decide title by title
  • The state is advancing its contention that public school libraries are a place to advance government messaging
  • A federal judge is listening to arguments over whether school districts have the First Amendment right to remove books from their libraries
  • Florida schools let parents limit book access. Few do.

    Some districts in Florida are giving parents the ability to opt out of certain books at school. For example, Pinellas County allows parents to restrict access to the library, while Polk County school district lets parents decide title by title. However, the state is continuing to push the idea that public school libraries should promote government messaging rather than free expression. A federal judge is currently considering whether school districts have the right to remove books from their libraries. Meanwhile, a group of Florida Democrats has urged Governor Ron DeSantis to end efforts to remove books from schools, while DeSantis has dismissed accusations of book banning as a “hoax.”

    Controversy over Book Access

    A federal judge is currently considering whether school districts have the right to remove books from their libraries as a way to promote government messaging. The state is pushing for this, while some Florida Democrats are urging the governor to stop efforts to remove books from schools.

    Other Key Issues

    Other key issues in Florida schools include the expansion of dual enrollment opportunities for high school students, the suspension of a teacher for expressing her views on the Israel-Hamas war, dissatisfaction with the legal services provided to a school board, and the need for more referees in high school sports.

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