Book bans jumped by 33 percent last year: report

Posted on AllSides September 22nd, 2023
From The Center

There were 3,362 book ban attempts in K-12 schools across the country last school year — 33 percent more than the year before, according to a new report from free expression group PEN America.  

And those book ban attempts resulted in the removal of 1,557 individual titles.  

Since 2020, there has been a surge in book challenges as classrooms have become a new ideological battleground.  

Book ban attempts have reached record highs each year since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the American Library Association.  

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