Book Burning: Texas Teachers Condemn Plan To Excise Books About Race And Sexuality From School Libraries

From the Texas Teachers Association:

Rep. Krause’s letter demanding that school superintendents provide him with lists of books dealing with certain subjects on their school bookshelves is disturbing and political overreach into the classroom.

Nothing in state law, not even in HB3979 or SB3, gives a legislator the authority to conduct this type of witch hunt.

This is an obvious attack on diversity and an attempt to score political points at the expense of our children’s education. What will Rep. Krause propose next? Burning books he and a handful of parents find objectionable?

From yesterday’s Texas Tribune report:

A Republican state lawmaker has launched an investigation into Texas school districts over the type of books they have, particularly if they pertain to race or sexuality or “make students feel discomfort.”

State Rep. Matt Krause [[photo above], in his role as chair of the House Committee on General Investigating, notified the Texas Education Agency that he is “initiating an inquiry into Texas school district content,” according to an Oct. 25 letter obtained by The Texas Tribune.

Krause’s letter provides a 16-page list of about 850 book titles and asks the districts if they have these books, how many copies they have and how much money they spent on the books.

As you’ll see at the link above, many of the books on his list appear to be about or by LGBT people.

Krause is a graduate of Liberty University and worked as a lawyer for the viciously anti-LGBT hate group Liberty Counsel. He recently announced that he will challenge Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General, which is surely what this book-banning exercise is really about.