Is this a list of “banned books in Florida schools and libraries”?

A list posted to social media in August 2022 described books “banned” in Florida schools and libraries.

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Amid a push by U.S. Republican lawmakers to limit children’s access to books on sensitive topics in schools and libraries, some social media users posted a list in August 2022 that it said contained “” Prohibited” title of the book.

Indeed, some school districts across the country, including some in Florida, are working to limit children’s exposure to material that some adults find objectionable. However, the list above, which includes classics like The Purple, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Catcher in the Rye, is not a true list of banned books across the state.

Brian Griffin, press secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, confirmed in an emailed statement to Snopes that the list was fake.

“The photo is fake — it’s just a completely fictitious list, in my opinion, of people who might be living in an alternate reality,” Griffin said. “Some of the books listed are specifically mentioned in the benchmarks of the Florida Excellence in Student Thinking (BEST) standard.” The BEST standard is a literacy standard implemented in Florida after DeSantis phased out Common Core in the state in 2021.

According to Griffin, Florida does not have a state-level book ban.

“The state has guidelines on content, and local school districts are responsible for enforcing those guidelines,” Griffin said.

In March 2022, DeSantis did sign a bill that would make it easier for parents or guardians to question school and library materials. From June 2023, the Ministry of Education will publish a list of materials removed due to objections. The list will be distributed to Florida school districts “for consideration in their selection process.”

School districts must also “establish procedures to regularly remove or discontinue books based on at least physical condition, recent circulation, alignment with state academic standards and relevance to the curriculum, outdated content,” Griffin added.

The Twitter list seems to have started out as a sarcasm, though as so often happens on the internet, it’s quickly taken out of its original context and shared by those who think it’s real. For example, teachers union leader Randi Weingarten shared the list, lamenting: “We’ve taught books for generations!!!!!!” She later deleted the tweet and apologized for posting the image, And said she should verify its authenticity.

The list was originally posted by the owner of the Twitter account using the profile name “Freesus Patriot”.That person said the purpose of the original post was to mock the various schools in Florida Yes Books removed due to political pressure.


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