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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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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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Pasco County Schools Will Clarify Review Procedure for Challenged Books

June 3, 2016
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Pasco County Schools Will Clarify Review Procedure for Challenged Books

To clear up confusion that came to light during a recent challenge to Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, school district officials in Pasco County, Florida plan to clarify the reach of decisions made by school-level review committees. A review committee from Pasco Middle School had recently recommended banning the book at all…

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Perks of Being a Wallflower Returns to High School Classrooms in Pasco County

May 27, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Returns to High School Classrooms in Pasco County

Pasco County, Florida superintendent of schools Kurt Browning has decided not to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower district-wide, following a review committee’s vote earlier this week to remove it from one middle school. Although the review committee included no high school representation, members had recommended that the book be banned at…

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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

May 24, 2016
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Perks of Being a Wallflower Banned in Florida Middle School

A review committee in Pasco County, Florida voted to ban Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from a middle school yesterday after two parents complained about the book’s references to sex, drugs, and drinking. Pending further district-wide review, the book could be banned from the high school curriculum as well. The book had…

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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

March 21, 2016
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Florida Classroom Censorship Bills Gone–For Now

Good news! Two bills in the Florida legislature that would have facilitated challenges to instructional materials were allowed to die at the end of the legislative session earlier this month. The bills had been pushed by some of the same parents who last summer waged a futile campaign against four books found in Collier County…

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VICTORY in Florida: This One Summer Unrestricted in Seminole County High Schools

March 14, 2016
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VICTORY in Florida: This One Summer Unrestricted in Seminole County High Schools

In a victory for the freedom to read, we got word on Friday that Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer has been restored to open shelves in high school libraries. Illogically and in violation of district policy, the graphic novel had been restricted in the high schools after a challenge at the elementary level.…

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