DeSantis cracking down on abuses of Florida book-challenge law

by ian


Florida Gov. Ron Desantis is pushing back on efforts to – in his words – “hijack” the state’s book-challenging process.

In 2022 Florida created a system for people to challenge inappropriate books in school libraries. There were over 1,200 objections between 2022 and 2023. Some of those challenged books included the Bible, dictionaries, and classic literature. DeSantis says much of it is being done by activists to “score cheap political points.”

DeSantis hopes to fix the problem with a new law that would impose $100 processing fees on people who do not have a student enrolled where they are objecting and have unsuccessfully objected to five books that year.