Texas school district pulls 400 books from libraries after state GOP lawmaker’s inquiry

Many of the books on the lawmaker's list center around abortion, teen pregnancy, sex education, LGBTQ narratives, the Black Lives Matter movement, and anti-racism.
By: | December 8, 2021

A Texas school district has flagged more than 400 library books for review following an inquiry from state Rep. Matt Krause (R).

North East Independent School District in San Antonio said its libraries housed 414 books on Krause’s list of about 800 that he alleged contained content that was cause for concern for young readers, NBC News reported.

In a letter that Krause sent to the Texas Education Agency in October, he asked school leaders to identify the number of copies they had of the specific books on his list and how much money the school districts paid for those books.

Many of the books on Krause’s list center around abortion, teen pregnancy, sex education, LGBTQ narratives, the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racism. Some of the popular titles on the list are “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “The Confessions of Nat Turner” by William Styron, “The Cider House Rules” by John Irving, and “We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy” and “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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