Posted on January 26, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Teachers in Manatee County, Florida, are closing their classroom libraries in response to state legislation that took effect this year.
HB 1467 requires that any book "purchased, donated, or otherwise made available to students" be selected by a school "employee who holds a valid educational media specialist certificate."
That covers the books on a teacher's shelf, writes Judd Legum, and Manatee County School District officials told teachers to err on the side of caution by making those books inaccessible.
Teachers are literally covering up — or emptying — their shelves so that they don't risk felony prosecution, and some are so concerned that they're telling students to leave books and ereaders at home, for fear that unapproved material could be found in their classroom.
Read more about the reaction from Manatee County teachers and parents at Popular.info.
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