Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) wrote on Monday that “pornographic or obscene material” has no place in schools and said school boards have a responsibility to protect children from "inappropriate content."
The governor did not mention specific books or topics, but his letter to the Texas Association of School Boards comes as a Texas House committee investigates books that "might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex.”
“A growing number of parents of Texas students are becoming increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other content found in public school libraries that are extremely inappropriate in the public education system,” Abbott wrote.
Abbott also pointed out in the letter that school libraries are governed by their local school districts, following guidelines set by the Texas State Library and State Board of Education.