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A Closer Look at Precedent in Recent City of Thieves Book Ban

October 24, 2018
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A Closer Look at Precedent in Recent City of Thieves Book Ban

By Brian Saucier Regular readers of the CBLDF news blog will recall that the Lee County School District in Fort Myers, Florida recently ordered its 10th grade students to stop reading City of Thieves by David Benioff after a parent complained that the book was “sexually degrading.” Inexplicably, the School District removed the book without…

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CBLDF and Florida Education Defenders Fight for City of Thieves

October 23, 2018
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CBLDF and Florida Education Defenders Fight for City of Thieves

CBLDF and other members of Florida Education Defenders have written to Superintendent Gregory Adkins of Lee County School District to ask him to restore City of Thieves to the curriculum and respect the First Amendment rights of the students in his district. Earlier in October, a Florida High School removed the historical, coming of age…

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City of Thieves Pulled from Florida High School

October 17, 2018
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City of Thieves Pulled from Florida High School

City of Thieves by David Benioff was banned from a Lee County High School in Fort Myers, Florida after a parent complained of the book being “vulgar”. The book had been randomly assigned to approximately 30 students, and the parents and students had a chance to review the work and express any concerns, but at…

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Florida Group Upset Over Absence of Creationism in Science Textbook

May 15, 2018
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Florida Group Upset Over Absence of Creationism in Science Textbook

In an unbelievably predictable turn of events, Keith Flaugh with the Florida Citizens’ Alliance is causing problems for Collier County School Board by claiming approved science textbooks don’t meet the criteria HB 989, which states that all educational materials must be balanced and noninflammatory. “I’m here to tell you that it’s not up to the…

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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

March 30, 2018
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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

Saturday, March 31 is the world premiere of Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana, a documentary about the first artist in the United States to be convicted of obscenity. Diana was first charged with obscenity after an undercover Florida detective posed as an artist to obtain copies of Boiled Angel. In a week-long case…

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The Fallout from Florida’s School Censorship Law

February 27, 2018
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The Fallout from Florida’s School Censorship Law

Last year, Florida signed into law HB 989, legislation that allows any county resident to lodge a challenge against textbooks or supplemental materials that they claim fail to present “a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues.” The fallout from that law is starting to become evident. One of the concerns over the law is the…

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District Policy Ignored in YA Book Ban

January 26, 2018
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District Policy Ignored in YA Book Ban

The principal at Fort King Middle School in Ocala, Florida may have pulled YA novel The Facts Speak for Themselves by Brock Cole from the library without following the official district book challenge policy. The initial report from Spectrum News 13, cites a 14 year old girl bringing the book home and alerting her parents…

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Florida School District Won’t Ban Fahrenheit 451

December 5, 2017
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Florida School District Won’t Ban Fahrenheit 451

The school district in Santa Rosa County, Florida is standing by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, despite a complaint from an irony-challenged parent who demanded that the cautionary tale about censorship be removed from the 8th grade curriculum. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said that a review committee assessed the book and decided it was an appropriate option,…

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Florida Community Pushes Back Against Superintendent’s Ban on ‘Inappropriate’ Books

October 20, 2017
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Florida Community Pushes Back Against Superintendent’s Ban on ‘Inappropriate’ Books

In the wake of a draconian censorship directive from the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, numerous students, teachers, parents, and community members are speaking up in defense of the freedom to read. The order from Superintendent Mike Thomas targets for removal any library materials, textbooks, or supplemental texts that contain “profanity, cursing, or…

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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

October 6, 2017
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Florida Superintendent Orders Ban on All Books Judged ‘Inappropriate’

In response to a draconian censorship directive recently issued by the superintendent of schools in Dixie County, Florida, CBLDF this week joined with other member organizations of the Kids’ Right to Read Project in defending vast swathes of library and classroom materials in the district. The order from Superintendent Mike Thomas targets for removal any…

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