Reuters: Florida lawmakers pass bill making it easier to challenge textbooks

Reuters: Florida lawmakers pass bill making it easier to challenge textbooks

By Bernie Woodall Reuters

The Florida Senate on Friday narrowly passed a measure that would allow more people to object to textbooks and classroom materials used in public schools, a move opponents warn could result in censorship of controversial topics.

The bill lets any resident seek a hearing to have what they see as objectionable textbooks, library books or material removed from schools. Under current law, only parents of public school children can object to school materials.

The new measure would provide for an unbiased third party to advise local county school boards hearing such challenges.

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