To: Volusia County School Board Members
Keep the Current Volusia County School Board Policy 320 As Is
We need to protect our school libraries.
The current Volusia County School Board Media Selection Policy (#320) covers how library books are selected and challenged. It meets all required state statutes and is a standard other districts are using to create their own policies. The proposed changes weaken the protections of our administrators, media specialists, teachers and library books. A few key points:
-- The sentence added to the Responsibility for Selection of Materials, puts the principals in a precarious position; almost prompting them to unilaterally pull books.
-- The language in the footnote describing that educators that violate the policy commits a felony is terrorizing the already vulnerable teachers.
Why is this important?
The proposed changes are a direct violation of the constitutional right for students to have access to a wide range of age appropriate reading materials.