Book bans and disputes over curricular content have risen to the forefront in recent years as the nation’s culture wars have reached classrooms. Most frequently, this pushback on subject matter and reading materials has centered around topics related to race and LGBTQ+ issues.
The state of Florida has gained particular attention for a parental rights law referred to by opponents as “Don’t Say Gay” due to its mandate that LGBTQ+ issues not be discussed in grades pre-K-8. Florida leadership has also been at odds with the College Board, the organization behind Advanced Placement courses, over the content of a new AP African American Studies course as well as its long-standing AP Psychology course.
Similar curriculum issues and book ban initiatives have taken hold in Texas and other conservative-leaning states.
But authors and publishers aren’t taking the matter lightly, in some cases filing lawsuits against districts and state officials. In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker also recently signed legislation prohibiting book bans in his state.
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