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Florida wants to bolster book-banning
in traditional public schools

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Scott Maxwell reported in the Orlando Sentinel 
Senate Bill 1210, sponsored by Tampa Bay-area Republican Tom Lee, would set up new layers of bureaucracy and petition processes for people to challenge books in schools — even (get this) schools where protesters don’t have children in attendance.
And here’s the catch: The law would only allow activists to protest book choices at traditional public schools — not charter schools or voucher schools that are also funded with public dollars.” (italics added) The text in the bill of most concern is in lines 74-106.

Some books that have been banned/challenged in the past in Florida schools, according to
(2007) Sharon Gordon’s Cuba from the Norma Butler Bossard Elementary School library
(2007) Carolyn Mackler’s Vegan Virgin Valentine, Eddie de Oliveira’s Lucky, Robert Cormier’s Beyond the Chocolate War, Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes and Kevin Henkes’ Olive’s Ocean were all challenged at various middle and high schools.
(2007) Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen was challenged at Armwood High School
(2008) Vicki Grove’s The Starplace and Mildred Taylor’s The Land were challenged at the Turner Elementary School
(2008) Avi’s The Fighting Ground was banned from the Bay District school’s library shelves but later retained.
(2008) Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner was removed but ultimately retained in the Jackson County School District
(2010) Nikki Sixx’s The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star was pulled from an optional, supplemental reading list in an Advanced Placement psychology course in Brooksville, Fla.
(2010) J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye was challenged, but retained, in the Martin County, Fla. School District