Opponents said it’s important for students to be able to explore their interests and that the bill could violate students’ First Amendment rights.
The court said opponents are likely to win their legal challenge to the law aimed at keeping material deemed “sexually explicit” off school library shelves.
The federal lawsuit alleges the Escambia County School District and its School Board are violating the First Amendment through the removal of 10 books.
The lawsuit is the second in the past week to challenge the law, which bans books with sexual content all the way through 12th grade. An exception is allowed for religious texts.
The regulation is the latest effort from conservative policymakers to restrict public school students’ access to books covering topics of race, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Florida bans more books from its public school libraries and classrooms than any other state in the country, according to a new report from PEN America released on Thursday.
After parents in a rural and staunchly conservative Wyoming county joined nationwide pressure on librarians to pull books they considered harmful to youngsters, the local library board obliged with new policies making such books a higher priority for removal — and keeping out of collections.
Book bans have been surging across the country, but in Florida, school boards across the state have been purging their shelves following the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis.