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'Texas Leads Among 26 States With Book Bans, Free Speech Group Says' by Nicole Chavez
Nicole Chavez writes the following for CNN:
More than … 1,000 books have been banned in 86 school districts in 26 states across the United States, a new PEN America analysis shows.
PEN America, a literary and free expression advocacy organization, released a detailed analysis on Thursday of challenges to and bans on school library books and class curriculums. The group said it documented media reports, consulted school district websites, and spoke with librarians, authors and teachers from July 31, 2021, to March 31, 2022.
According to PEN America, in that period, there were 1,586 books banned. Texas led the country with the most book bans—713—affecting 16 school districts, followed by Pennsylvania and Florida with 456 and 204 bans, respectively. …
Politicians and school board members have played a significant role in book banning, PEN America says. At least 41% of book bans were linked to directives from state officials or elected lawmakers. …
The trend, PEN America says, is a departure from past book removal practices, which were usually initiated by community members.
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