Lawsuit Filed Against New Texas Law Restricting Books; More Parents Fighting Back in Florida | Censorship News

The American Booksellers Association, Association of American Publishers, Authors Guild, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and two Austin bookstores have filed a suit claiming the new Texas law violates the Constitution's First and Fourteenth Amendments.

American Booksellers Association, Association of American Publishers, Two Austin Bookstores, and Others Sue Texas Over New Law Restricting School Library Books | KUT
The American Booksellers Association, Association of American Publishers, Authors Guild, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and Austin bookstores BookPeople and the Blue Willow Bookshop filed a federal lawsuit claiming House Bill 900 violates free speech rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Additional Parents Join Lawsuit Against Book Bans in Florida's Escambia County | PEN America
The amended suit, led by PEN America, Penguin Random House, and a diverse group of authors and parents of Escambia County students, seeks to ensure access to books on a wide range of topics with a wide range of viewpoints. The number of parent plaintiffs in the case is now seven, with 10 children from diverse backgrounds in elementary, middle, and high school. 

Parents Take the Reins in Florida's Book Censorship Fight | Axios Miami
Moms for Libros self-describes as "concerned parents fighting back against Governor Ron DeSantis administration's politically motivated censorship of books and education for our children."

Freedom Caucus Calls for Illinois Public Libraries to Withdraw from American Library Association | The Center Square
Some Illinois Republicans are calling on public libraries in the state to withdraw from the Chicago-based ALA after the organization's new president, Emily Drabinski, proclaimed herself to be a Marxist in a tweet.

Leon County School Board Strikes Down I Am Billie Jean King Challenge | WFSU
The district voted to keep the biography I am Billie Jean King on school library shelves.  “This book is not about that she's gay, the theme is about championing equality," said Leon School Board vice chair Rosanne Wood. The board’s decision is backed by the recommendation of hearing officer and retired principal D.J. Wright. In a statement, Wright said the district should keep the book because it only makes, “incidental references" to same-sex couples, and by law, a parent can only dictate what their child can and cannot read.

Student Researches School Book Bans | SUNY Cortland
SUNY Cortland senior Emma Stack is concerned about the impact growing censorship in schools has on public education. She wants her Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship project, "The Books that Bind: Analyzing the Effects of the Banned Book Effort on the Public Education System," to help educators assess the problem.


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