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Orlando, Florida (AP) – Since July last year, there have been more than 200 cases in Florida states where public school districts have banned books, the third highest number of incidents in any U.S. state. professionals.

In a report this week, PEN America said Florida had 204 cases of book bans in seven school districts between July 2021 and March 2022. Only Texas and Pennsylvania had more.

School districts were located in Brevard, Clay, Flagler, Indian River, Orange, Pinelas and Polk counties.

PEN America also warned that more books could be banned in Florida in the future if Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that makes it easier for parents to challenge books and study materials they disapprove of. Proponents of the law say it gives parents more involvement in their children’s education.

The report says that in Orange County, where Orlando is located, school principals took books without following their own processes. In the neighboring Regiment district, 16 books were quarantined, while officials decided whether to ban them forever, after a conservative national advocacy group rather than local parents noted them as problematic, the report said.

Books banned in Florida school districts, permanently or pending, include Isabel Allende’s House of Spirits, Margaret Atwood’s The Maid’s Story, Iris Chang’s The Rape of Nanjing, Jonathan Saaf’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” by Jonathan Saef. Khaled Hosseini, Aldous Huxley’s One New World and Tony Morrison’s Beloved.

PEN America consists of prose writers, journalists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights and publishers.

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