87% of Books Eliminated from Schools in Florida were ‘Pornographic, Violent, or Inappropriate’

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A vast majority of books eliminated from schools in Florida since last September were pornographic, violent, or inappropriate for students’ age, according to school district data. The data, submitted to the Florida Department of Education, shows that a total of 175 books were removed and 153 of them (87%) were “pornographic, violent or inappropriate for the grade level for some other reason.” The data was a result of Florida’s curriculum transparency bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in March 2022, which requires school districts to be “transparent in the selection of instructional materials, including library and reading materials.”