Book bans

Courtesy of Anastasia Higginbotham

Texas representative Steve Toth waves a copy of Anastasia Higginbotham’s book “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness” on the Senate floor last year, during a legislative discussion about school curriculum. Higginbotham believes banning books sends a detrimental message to America’s youth.

Editor's note: This story was updated Sept. 23 to clarify Moms for Liberty – Washington County Chapter's stance on petitioning area school districts.

Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation behind Texas and Florida in number of book titles banned in state school districts, according to a report published earlier this week by the free speech organization PEN America.

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