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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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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

June 27, 2017
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Florida Governor Signs School Censorship Bill into Law

Florida governor Rick Scott yesterday approved legislation that will facilitate challenges to classroom materials, allowing 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.” Intellectual freedom advocates are bracing for challenges on multiple topics of public contention, from…

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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

May 23, 2017
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CBLDF Joins Defense of Thirteen Reasons Why in Florida School

After a Florida elementary school pre-emptively banned students from bringing personal copies of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why onto campus, CBLDF yesterday joined with other members of NCAC’s Kids’ Right to Read Project in urging principal Bryan Dolfi to reconsider. After the book was singled out in an email to parents of Stone Lakes Elementary…

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Florida Legislature Passes Classroom Censorship Bills

May 5, 2017
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Florida Legislature Passes Classroom Censorship Bills

The Florida Senate today approved the House version of a bill that would facilitate challenges to classroom materials, sending the legislation on to Governor Rick Scott. The Senate also had its own version of the bill, but not enough time remains in the legislative session to reconcile the two so the final version remains unchanged from the…

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

April 11, 2017
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Pass Through Committee, Await Final Hearing Before Vote

The two nearly identical bills in the Florida legislature that would facilitate challenges to classroom materials have both advanced through the Education Committees in their respective chambers, despite warnings from CBLDF and our partners in the National Coalition Against Censorship that the legislation would undermine educational quality and encourage schools to deviate from state standards.…

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Return for Second Year

March 2, 2017
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Return for Second Year

Much like Virginia, the state of Florida now has its own set of “zombie bills” that have returned to the legislature for the second year running, in an attempt to weaken education standards and allow any taxpayer–not just parents–to raise objections to instructional materials. House Bill 899 and Senate Bill 1018 were allowed to die…

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Florida School District Pulls All-School Reading Book Due to “Body Parts”

February 7, 2017
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Florida School District Pulls All-School Reading Book Due to “Body Parts”

Some Florida high school students who were supposed to be celebrating literacy last month instead got an object lesson in censorship, as the Santa Rosa County school district cancelled an all-school read of Carl Deuker’s novel Gutless during the statewide Celebrate Literacy Week after some parents complained about passages they found inappropriate. According to Director…

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Florida Parents Blame Books for “What’s Wrong with Children Today”

August 18, 2016
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TTYL

Two parents in Nassau County, Florida, are not only calling for the ban of two popular teen books, Lauren Myracle’s TTYL and TTFN, from school libraries, but are also blaming the titles for “what’s wrong with children today.” According to Fox affiliate Action News Jax, Brook Todd and Billie Thrift, two parents who have children enrolled in…

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Twenty Years Later, Walmart Regrets Pulling ‘Woman President’ Shirt

August 3, 2016
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Twenty Years Later, Walmart Regrets Pulling ‘Woman President’ Shirt

Twenty years and a political generation ago, a psychologist who studied children’s perceptions of women leaders marketed a t-shirt through her local Walmart with an empowering message: a panel from Dennis the Menace with the character Margaret proclaiming that “Someday a woman will be president!” But the statement was too outrageous for some customers at…

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