Florida second only to Texas in banning school books as number of bans rises, report finds

Only Texas has banned books more frequently than Florida’s public schools, according to a national free speech organization that attributed two new pieces of the state’s legislation with an uptick in verboten books.

PEN America, counted 566 Florida book bans spread over 21 of the state’s 67 school districts from July 2021 to June 2022. That compares to the 801 bans in effect in 22 Texas school districts. Pennsylvania clocked in at third place with 457 bans in 11 school districts.

El report, issued Monday in recognition of Banned Books Week, raises alarm from critics that this new momentum for banning

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