Manatee County teachers close class libraries, fearing prosecution under new Florida law

Some Manatee County teachers have covered their classroom libraries with construction paper or otherwise eliminated students’ access to make sure they comply with new Florida law requiring all library books to be approved by a certified media specialist.

The Manatee County School District directed teachers to remove all books that had not yet been approved by a specialist from their classroom libraries, Kevin Chapman, the district’s chief of staff, said Monday. Chapman said many of the books teachers make available to students in their classrooms are likely already approved through the district’s library system, but many teachers have chosen to close access altogether, since making unvetted books available could lead to felony prosecution.

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