Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Governor, wrote Monday a letter to Texas Association of School Boards asking them to remove books that he claims “promote pornographic and obscene material.” This is the latest salvo in the political struggle to control state education.
The letterDr. Dan Troxell, executive director of Texas Association of School Boards, received the email. It states that the board is “obligated to determine whether such materials exist or are being used within our schools and to remove them.”
Abbott didn’t give specific examples of books that might contain such materials.
While the association has not yet provided an official statement, a spokesperson for the organization stated that it would soon. NPRThe group stated that it “didn’t believe it had authority over schools districts” to take books out of libraries, and that they “do not set the standards for instructional material, including library books.”
CNNAccording to reports, Abbott’s letter was sent a week after Jeff Cason, a Texas state lawmaker, asked Texas’ attorney General to investigate books he considered “pornography”.
Last week, Matt Krause, a state representative, announced that he would be leading an investigation into 850 books found in school libraries, despite objections from parents, students, and taxpayers. A Dallas Morning NewsInvestigations revealed that significant numbers of books on the list were written in part by women, people with disabilities, or LGBTQ authors.
Texas is one of many states where conservative legislators have brought the “culture warfare” to the classroom. After raising concerns over the use of “cultural” words in Virginia’s gubernatorial elections, Republican Glenn Youngkin won.critical race theory” in classrooms.