ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There have been greater than 200 situations of public college districts in Florida banning books since final July, the third highest variety of incidents of any state within the U.S., in line with a report from an advocacy group for writing professionals.
PEN America mentioned within the report this week that Florida had 204 situations of guide banning in seven college districts between July 2021 and March 2022. Only Texas and Pennsylvania had larger numbers.
The college districts had been in Brevard, Clay, Flagler, Indian River, Orange, Pinellas and Polk counties.
PEN America additionally warned that extra books could possibly be banned in Florida sooner or later now that Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into legislation a invoice that makes it simpler for folks to problem books and tutorial supplies they do not approve. Supporters of the laws says it offers dad and mom extra involvement of their youngsters’s training.
The report mentioned that in Orange County, house to Orlando, college leaders pulled books with out following their very own processes. In close by Polk County, 16 books had been put in “quarantine” while officials decided whether to ban them permanently after a conservative national advocacy group, not a local parent, flagged them as problematic, the report said.
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Books banned in Florida college districts, whether or not completely or pending evaluation, embrace Isabel Allende’s “The House of Spirits,” Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Iris Chang’s “The Rape of Nanking,” Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner,” Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.”
PEN America is made up of novelists, journalists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights and publishers.
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