Headline RoundupMay 31st, 2023

Fact Check: Was Amanda Gorman’s Poem Banned From a Florida School?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Poet Amanda Gorman said her poem for President Joe Biden's inauguration was "banned" from an elementary school in Florida. 

Claim: “I am gutted,” Gorman said in a tweeted statement, “Because of one parent’s complaint, my inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb, has been banned from an elementary school in Miami-Dade County, Florida.” 

Facts: According to a statement from Miami-Dade Schools, the poem was moved from the elementary school section of the library to the middle school section following a parent's complaint that it's “not educational” and can “cause confusion and indoctrination,” but it was “never banned or removed from one of our schools.” Another statement to parents further clarified the change– elementary students can still access the poem, but must request it from a media specialist and demonstrate a middle-school reading level. 

Response: “They won't call it a ban,” Gorman tweeted in response to the added steps for elementary students. “All these hurdles for a young reader just to access a poem in history written for them.”

For Context: In March 2022, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed HB 1467, which mandates district school boards to have a process for parents and country residents "to contest the district school board’s adoption of specific instructional material."

How the Media Covered It: Some right-rated sources framed Gorman's claim as an exaggeration, and media coverage of it as biased. Some left- and center-rated coverage largely reflected Gorman's description of the situation.

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