The Northeast Independent School District is making headlines after removing more than 400 books from its libraries for review. The action comes in response to calls from Republican lawmakers to investigate the availability of inappropriate content in school libraries. The local district said it identified and immediately removed 414 books from its online catalog and e-audiobook app, according to the Houston Chronicle.
NEISD, one of the largest school districts in Texas, is one of the first to respond to a survey launched by State Representative Matt Krause in late October. After identifying books that relate to race or sexuality or “make students uncomfortable,” Krause asked districts across the state to confirm whether they had the titles on their shelves. Krause, a member of the diehard conservative group of the Texas House Freedom Caucus, included in his investigation a list of around 850 books that included novels about racism and sexuality – mostly written by women, people of color, and writers. LGBTQ +.