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January 1, Texas governor calls for removal of ‘pornographic’ books from school libraries



Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is calling on the state’s school board association to “ensure no child is exposed to pornography or other inappropriate content in a Texas public school.”

Abbott outlined his request in a letter to the executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards.

“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. “The most flagrant examples include clearly pornographic images and substance that have no place in the Texas public education system.”

The governor of the Lone Star State didn’t specify which material he was referencing.

The association didn’t publicly respond to Abbott’s letter. However, a spokesperson told NPR that the group was “confused” given that it “has no regulatory authority over school districts and does not set the standards for instructional materials, including library books.”


Texas governor decries school library books with ‘pornographic or obscene material’

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