School districts across Central Florida examine book policies

ORLANDO, Fla. — School districts across Central Florida are look at book-banning processes and how teachers should handle controversial topics.


Some board members are concerned they don’t have any power to push back against politicians in Tallahassee.

Multiple school districts have gathered to sort out what materials will be allowed in schools, but there are still questions about guidance from the state.

School leaders in Orange, Marion, Volusia and Brevard counties were among the districts that met Tuesday night.

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For now, there are two distinct opinions coming from the public on how the issue should be dealt with, and school districts seem to be walking a tight rope balancing those opinions and guidance from the state.

“It is my expectation we continue to full comply with all state laws,” Marion County Superintendent Diane Gullett said. “We strongly encourage and support parental involvement.”

In Orange County, school board members dove deep during their meeting, going over how books will be selected for the school’s media center, and the process of removing books if a parent does not believe they should be there.

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There is also a book challenge process for parents that will leave books on the shelves while they’re under review. The caveat being that the superintendent can object.

Superintendent Maria Vazquez said she believes additional guidance could soon be coming from the state.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.