Book challenges increase in Florida schools, including the Bible

The big story: They are school book challenges.

Tiny Walton County in the Panhandle has come under national scrutiny for its decision to remove two dozen books from its schools.

He acted on the recommendation of the conservative Florida Citizens Alliance, a Naples-based group that has been working for years to get what it considers pornography out of the hands of children.

Superintendent Russell Hughes told the Northwest Florida Daily News that he had not read a single paragraph of any of the books before they were taken out of circulation. She has now asked a team of district staff to review the materials and determine if they are appropriate.

Walton County isn’t alone in dealing with book complaints. The Polk County District is working on nearly two dozen disputed titles, and the review committees recommend keeping two more of them, the Ledger reports.

Meanwhile, a state challenge has arisen for one of the world’s best-selling books.

A Broward County man who said he was an atheist has asked 14 Florida school districts to remove the Christian Bible from their shelves, the miami new times reports. Chaz Stevens, who refers to himself as a political activist, maintains that the book includes many inappropriate themes, such as bestiality, adultery, and rape.

He said he intends to expand his complaint to the rest of Florida’s school districts in the coming weeks.

Current issues

Math textbooks: A Tampa-based publisher whose three textbooks were rejected by the state expressed frustration with the way the Department of Education delivered the information, WFTS reports. • Bay County school district officials said they will not adopt any of the books on the state’s reject list, WJHG reports.

Vaccines: Collier County health and school officials said they lack adequate information on vaccination for children who stayed home for kindergarten and enrolled in first grade, WINK reports.

Federal Pandemic Aid: Brevard County school district leaders said they are trying to determine the impact of the state’s request that unspent stimulus funds be returned. florida today reports.

High School Graduations: Alachua County high schools are preparing for their first graduation ceremonies without pandemic restrictions since 2019, the Gainesville Sun reports.

The president of the university seeks: The trustees of the University of North Florida have narrowed the field of candidates to lead the school to four finalists, reports WJXT.

Other school news

The FHSAA recently approved a new way to field high school football teams for competition. A group board member wants to delay implementation of the new approach, the palm beach stall reports.

Let the music play. Citrus High School became the first school in Citrus County to earn top marks on the state assessments of concert music performance, the Citrus County Chronicle reports.

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