A school district in Southlake, Texas is changing its policies on which books teachers can keep in their classrooms following backlash and complaints from parents about an anti-racist book, reports NBC News.
The Carroll Independent School District is asking teachers to discard books that present a singular narrative “in such a way that it … may be considered offensive,” the outlet reported, citing a training document.
The district provides mandatory training for teachers on the new book guidelines, as well as instructions for removing books that do not meet the criteria.
The new guidelines come after a parent complained about a fourth-grade teacher who had a copy of “This Book is Anti-Racist” by Tiffany Jewell, according to NBC. The parent complained that the book violated his family’s “morals and faith”.
The book, published last year, was described by Today.com as “a clear guide on how to stop racism in our hearts and minds.”
The Carroll school board voted 3-2 to issue a letter of reprimand to the teacher on Monday, the Dallas Morning News reported.
A spokesperson for the school district did not respond to NBC’s request for comment.
La Colline has contacted the district for comment.
The fight over which books should be allowed in schools has intensified in recent months as part of a larger movement opposing the teaching of critical race theory in the classroom.
Governor of Texas Greg AbbottGreg AbbottAbbott appeals denial of federal declaration of emergency at border Democrats for another chance to turn Texas blue Federal judge blocks Texas abortion law MORE (R) signed a law in June banning schools from teaching classes that cause students to experience “discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of an individual’s race or gender.” .
Earlier this week, the Katy Texas Independent School District temporarily removed prominent author Jerry Craft’s books from its library and canceled a scheduled appearance because teachers claimed his books taught critical race theory.