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Florida has 3rd largest number of school book ban incidents

Posted at 5:39 PM, Apr 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-10 17:39:52-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There have been more than 200 instances of public school districts in Florida banning books since last July.

That's the third highest number of incidents of any state in the U.S., according to a new report from an advocacy group for writing professionals.

PEN America says Florida had 204 instances of book banning in seven school districts between July 2021 and March 2022. Only Texas and Pennsylvania had higher numbers.

PEN America says the school districts were in Brevard, Clay, Flagler, Indian River, Orange, Pinellas and Polk counties.

Books banned in Florida include Isabel Allende’s “The House of Spirits" and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale."