TAMPA (970 WFLA) -- A group that successfully pushed for a law requiring school districts to give anyone the right to review their textbooks and other teaching materials, is defending it from reports that claim it's opening the door to banning books.
Keith Flaugh, managing director of the Florida Citizens' Alliance says all the law guarantees is access. It requires school districts to allow people to see what materials they're using to teach students. If someone objects to the content, they must file a written objection before any action is taken. The school district is required to appoint a mediator, but isn't obliged to accept any recommendations. The school board has the final say over textbook selection.
Flaugh says their group and others have found books in Florida schools, that they say denigrate capitalism and Christianity, while offering more favorable views of socialism and Islam.