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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

June 19, 2019
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Committee Recommends Against Restoring Books in Florida Middle Schools

Back in February, CBLDF reported on a political group in Florida demanding the removal of 14 books from Marion County School District. Reports have just come in that the committee has finished reading and discussing the works officially challenged, and their recommendations, along with those of the Superintendent, have been given to the school board…

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Florida Anti-Education Legislation Dead

May 9, 2019
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Florida Anti-Education Legislation Dead

The terrible slew of anti-education legislation that battered the Florida legislature in early 2019 is, by and large, dead in the water. The legislation was written by special interest group Florida Citizens Alliance, the group behind the successful law in 2017 that allowed any Florida resident to contest instructional materials, even if they have no…

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Destructive Legislation Explained by Florida Education Defenders

March 19, 2019
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Destructive Legislation Explained by Florida Education Defenders

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, as proud members of Florida Education Defenders, has released a fact sheet about the devastating new legislation currently in the Florida state legislature. These bills are a blatant attempt from Florida Citizens Alliance to control educational materials and agendas, censor information they oppose politically and leave generations of students worse…

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Investigation Concludes and With Minimal Fallout for Florida Teacher

March 4, 2019
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Investigation Concludes and With Minimal Fallout for Florida Teacher

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Florida teacher investigated by school officials for reading A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, should have gotten permission to read a non-approved book to the class, but overall did no harm. According to The Sentinel, the district released a report explaining, the teacher, Tyler Bond, “had a…

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Florida Tea Party Group Demands District Ban 14 Books

February 27, 2019
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Florida Tea Party Group Demands District Ban 14 Books

It’s Your Tea Party Florida has demanded that Marion County School District remove 14 books from their middle and high school libraries the group believe are “obscene, even pornographic.” Superintendent of Schools Heidi Maier removed the books from the middle school libraries, saying they were not age appropriate. However, she chose to keep the titles…

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CBLDF Speaks Out Against Harsh and Discriminatory Punishment of 6th Grader

February 20, 2019
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CBLDF Speaks Out Against Harsh and Discriminatory Punishment of 6th Grader

A sixth-grade student was arrested in Florida after refusing to participate in the pledge of allegiance. The substitute teacher attempted to insist on his participation but the student still abstained, explaining his views that the flag represents racism in America. The substitute told him if he didn’t like it, maybe he should find somewhere else…

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John Oliver’s Bunny Book Triggers Teacher Investigation

February 19, 2019
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John Oliver’s Bunny Book Triggers Teacher Investigation

A teacher in Seminole County, Florida is under investigation for reading an age-appropriate book about two gay bunnies to his first-grade class. According to local news in the area, the investigation came in response to complaints from several parents about the teacher reading A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, which is not a…

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New Florida Bill Demands Alternatives to “Controversial” Science

February 6, 2019
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New Florida Bill Demands Alternatives to “Controversial” Science

A new bill filed with the Florida State Legislature would allow schools to develop their own standards for education, presuming they are equal to or more rigorous than the state’s standards. Also within the bill, SB303 is a condition that would require schools to teach alternatives to “controversial theories” – a shot across the bow…

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Florida’s Textbooks Woes Gaining Momentum

December 10, 2018
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Florida’s Textbooks Woes Gaining Momentum

The newly elected Governor of Florida has already appointed individuals to his education transition team who have previously inhibited school districts ability to teach students accurate science. Gov. Ron DeSantis has appointed Keith Flaugh, the managing director of Florida Citizen’s Alliance, who was instrumental in advocating the textbook law allowing any citizen to file an…

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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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