Austin Schools defies Texas Lawmaker Matt Krause’s Silly Book Crusade

The Austin School District does not pamper a lawmaker’s crusade in Texas to identify and catalog hundreds of books related to health, gender, and sexuality. Rep. Matt Krause, a Republican running for state attorney’s office, demanded that several school districts identify books that talk about “material that could make students feel uncomfortable … or convey that a student by virtue of their race or gender is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously ”- part of a nationwide crusade of conservatives who want to determine what teachers can teach in their classrooms.His list of 800 books included some award-winning titles about race and harmless health books like The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine and books on sexually transmitted diseases.

A spokesman for the district said in a statement that they had “decided that an answer is not necessary, especially since anyone can search our library catalogs on this website.” Other districts that received requests – mainly in urban areas – have said they will either comply or review the request.

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