San Antonio residents and leaders respond to NEISD £ 400 withdrawal


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 +.

Since the investigation, residents have launched an online petition on asking the district to take action against the “removal” of its resources and to advocate against the Krause list. It had more than 1,000 signatures on Tuesday morning.

Several San Antonians have taken to social media to express their disapproval of NEISD’s action.

“I am dismayed that the district is cooperating in this attempt to promote the dogma of white supremacy and to ban the study of LGBTQ issues. As in 2009, when they banned showing President Obama’s speech to students, the board of directors acts as a tool of the Republican Party, “Joel Mayer, who says he has been a teacher for the NEISD for 26 years, tweeted.

Twitter user Denise Flores agreed with Mayer, calling Krause’s list a “bizarre witch hunt.”

The NEISD says it doesn’t expect the 414 books to stay off the shelves. In a statement to Hearst Newspapers, NEISD spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said the district is also reviewing books questioned by parents and community members or mentioned in the media “out of caution” and for “s. ‘ensure that they did not have any obscene or vulgar content “. in them.”

“Most of these are appropriate and will remain as is on our library shelves; however, some may contain content that requires further consideration to ensure books are accessible based on age,” said the chancellor. “For us, it’s not about politics or censorship, but rather about making sure parents choose what is appropriate for their minor children.”

Krause is just the last conservative Texas lawmaker to lead a political battle over race, gender and sexuality curricula, books and programs under the New Critical Racial Theory Act. In June, Governor Greg Abbott enacted HB 3979, a bill that loosely states that teachers cannot “require or be part of a course” certain race-related concepts, including the idea that a race or gender is “inherently superior to another race or sex” or that an individual is “inherently racist, sexist or oppressive” because of their race or gender.


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