Florida school district to return 16 challenged books to library shelves

Florida school district to return 16 challenged books to library shelves

LAKELAND — Two book review committees and Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Heid have approved the return to age-appropriate library shelves 16 books one organization contended were “pornographic” or “harmful to minors.” 

Heid also announced during Tuesday’s School Board work session that he is proposing the use of a hybrid check-out system for all school media centers that would allow parents to opt-out of any book in their child’s library as well as opt-in to allow their child to access the 16 books.   

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Heid said the school district could begin keeping those books behind the check-out desk so only students with parental permission would have access to them. The opt-out system has been in place for years, but it is seeing an overhaul to make it more streamlined, district officials say. 

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