INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL PROTESTS: New Rules May Be Coming To Palm Beach Schools

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BOCA RATON, FL ( (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — New procedures for protesting instructional materials in the Palm Beach County School District may be in place before the end of the month. The school board is set to review new policies and procedures at the November 30th meeting.

We are publishing excerpts below. obtained the complete document — still being edited — and is publishing it as a PDF at the end of this report. The initial policy was in place well before Florida Governor Ron DeSantis initiated a campaign to remove certain books, lessons, and discussion topics from Florida public schools.

Among the items being updated or amended, how an objection to material may be filed: “Objections filed by a parent or emancipated student shall be heard in the school in which that student is registered. If the parent has children at different schools in Palm Beach County, then the objection must specify which school(s) the objection pertains to and it will be heard in that/those school(s). If the objecting party is not the parent of a child in the School District, the objection will be assigned to the appropriate school within the boundary corresponding to the residence of the objecting party to for review if the material is located at that school or to the school in close proximity where the material is located.

In many situations, a School Materials Review Committee may ultimately decide, or recommend, an appropriate course of action. However, the committee may not ban a book just because members do not like the point of view contained in the material. Again, from the proposed updated policy:

“In addition, the recommendation shall also consider the provisions in the School Board’s collective bargaining agreement with CTA relating to academic freedom and responsibilities–Article II, Section K–to the extent those provisions are applicable. However, pursuant to current case law, the committee may not recommend removal of non-curricular books from the school’s media center or classroom simply because a majority of the committee dislikes the ideas or the points-of-view contained in the media center instructional or supplemental classroom instructional materials.

Read the complete policy, below. The document is set for review and consideration on November 30th.



Paul Saperstein


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