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Texas school district removes and reviews dozens of controversial books, including Bibles and Anne Frank adaptations

(CNN)Officials from a school district near Fort Worth, Texas, instructed school officials and librarians to use the Bible and Anne Frank It was challenged through the school district's formal complaints process, including the diary diagram of the school district.

The Keller Independent School Board of Trustees last week adopted a policy that sets new standards for how schools select books and other educational materials. This includes her 30 days of public review before the book is published. The library removes any questionable material purchased and under review from the shelf.

"Currently, Keller ISD management has asked campus staff and librarians to review the books challenged last year to determine whether they meet the requirements of the new policy.said in a statement after an email sent to principals about the policy was obtained by the Texas Tribune newspaper. .

"All books included in Tuesday's email have been on Keller ISD's Book Challenge List for the past year. It will be returned.It is a new policy," the statement said.

The Keller School District allows parents, employees, and district residents to make formal objections or challenges to books and materials used in the school. The committee then considers whether the materials are suitable for teaching and decides whether the materials should remain in the school,the district's website says.

Groups may also decide to restrict the use of materials to students at a specific grade level or with parental permission.

Books that have been challenged in the past year include George M. Johnson's "All Boys Aren't Blue" and "Gender in theSchool District," which the committee decided to keep in high schools. Kobabe Maia's "Queer" removed from the district's campuses, according to the website. Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye was also challenged and retained by the committee.
On August 8, the Board unanimously approved the new Library and Materials Policy. The decision comes at a time when the debate over books and curricula in school libraries has become an issue of national importance. According to his Aprilanalysis by PEN America, an organization that advocates for freedom of literature and expression, from July 31, 2021 to March 31, 2022, 86 people in 26 states will 1,586 books were banned in school districts. Analysis found the most book bans in 713, followed by Pennsylvania and Florida.

During the public comment section of the August 8 Keller School Board meeting, one speaker said, "I am very pleased that our new unwoke School Board has made these changes. "This is just the beginning. I hope."

Wednesday is the district's first day back at school.