TX Gov Accuses Schools Of Stocking “Obscene” Books

The Texas Tribune reports:

Gov. Greg Abbott asked the Texas Association of School Boards on Monday to determine the extent to which “pornography or other inappropriate content” exists in public schools across the state and to remove it if found.

“A growing number of parents of Texas students are becoming increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other content found in public school libraries that are extremely inappropriate in the public education system,” Abbott wrote to Dan Troxell, the group’s executive director, in a Nov. 1 letter.

The school organization said it was “confused” why the letter was sent to the association, “which has no regulatory authority over school districts and does not set the standards for instructional materials, including library books.”

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As I’ve previously reported, Texas Rep. Matt Krause, a former Liberty Counsel lawyer, has demanded school districts tell him if any of 850 books supposedly about race and sexuality are on the shelves in their libraries.

So far the Austin and Dallas school districts have said they won’t comply. The Dallas Morning News notes, “Of the first 100 titles listed, 97 were written by women, people of color, or LGBTQ authors.”