Texas Governor Calls for Removal of Certain Books from School Libraries
On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott penned a letter to the executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards. The governor is calling for schools to remove books from their libraries that he considers "extremely inappropriate."
Here is an excerpt from the letter courtesy of the Office of the Texas Governor:
"A growing number of parents of Texas students are becoming increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other content found in public school libraries that are extremely inappropriate in the public education system. The most flagrant examples include clearly pornographic images and substance that have no place in the Texas education system."
The governor does not point out specific books that should be removed from school libraries in the letter, but last week a state lawmaker compiled a list of 850 books that "could make students feel discomfort."
State Rep. Matt Krause sent the list to the Texas Education Agency. The Texas Tribune reports the books on the list deal with subjects such as race, teen pregnancy, abortion, and homosexuality.
The Texas State Teacher's Association responded to Rep. Krause's list calling it "an obvious attack on diversity and an attempt to score political points at the expense of our children’s education."
You can read the full letter from the governor in the below Tweet courtesy of reporter Mike Hixenbaugh:
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