Threats from Gov. Abbott among reasons why a Texas school district keeps book challenges secretive

By Talia Richman
The Dallas Morning News
Originally published Jan. 10, 2022

Fear of retribution from Gov. Greg Abbott contributes to Keller school officials’ push to keep deliberations about which books to ban from libraries private. …

Joe Larsen, an attorney on the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas board of directors, reviewed Keller ISD’s arguments. But despite the district’s concerns, he said, book challenge committee meetings should be open to the public because of the decisions members are empowered to make.

“What we’re able to read is the basis of a free society,” Larsen said. “There are obviously going to be controversies over what is and what isn’t appropriate for younger minds to read.”

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