AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN - Scrutiny of books in schools intensified in Texas last year, as state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, chairman of the House Committee on General Investigating, requested that superintendents catalog nearly 850 titles related to race and sex or that could produce "discomfort" among students.
Rob Weiner, a popular culture librarian at Texas Tech University, said there is a long history in the U.S. of challenging and banning books.
"Certainly, there is a political impetus behind it. But it's nothing new. That's why there's Banned Books Week," Weiner said.
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