A parents’ group that opposes school library censorship has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Florida Board of Education seeking an amendment to a new rule that allegedly treats parents who oppose book bans differently than those who request book bans.

Moms For Libros alleges that proposed Rule 6A-1.094126 improperly favors book challenges by providing an opportunity to appeal to the Florida Department of Education only to parents or concerned citizens whose request to ban a book was denied.

“Under the proposed regulations, school boards will face a one-sided incentive to approve book challenges because only parents whose challenges are denied may appeal and, under HB 1069, school boards bear the costs for those challenges whether or not the challenges have merit,” the Aug. 22 letter states. “Giving parents who oppose a book ban the opportunity to make similar appeals would correct this imbalance.”

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