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The Point, April 26, 2023: Behind the scenes of schools purging 'improper' books

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• Fresh Take Florida: Behind the scenes of Florida’s efforts to purge schools of books deemed improper. "With a scanner like ones used at grocery stores plugged into her computer, Paula Stephens spent her 30-minute planning period scanning two boxes of books from her classroom library."

• Florida Politics: Amendment would clear up ambiguity about need for Ron DeSantis to resign-to-run for President in 2024. "If Sen. Travis Hutson’s proposal is approved, the language will exempt anyone who is running for President or Vice President from resign-to-run requirements."

• WMFE-Orlando: COVID Booster shots, will they cost you money with the end of the PHE? "The second COVID-19 bivalent booster shot is now available to certain people, including those over 65 and people who are immune-compromised. But The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency is set to expire on May 11th, which means the federal government will transition out of certain policies, such as free COVID tests."

• WUSF-Tampa: How limits on demonstration at the Florida Capitol affect free speech. "Requests to reserve space inside the capitol have to be made through the head of a state agency, legislative leaders or the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court. People violating the rules can be removed by police."

• WMFE-Orlando: Will the TikTok ban on Florida Universities affect athletes' NIL deals? "In March, the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state’s universities, issued an emergency regulation banning TikTok and WeChat. This move came about two years after the NCAA started allowing athletes to profit off of their name, image, and likeness, or NIL."

• News Service of Florida: Monorail becomes the latest target in the Disney feud. "Disney’s iconic monorail system would face periodic state inspections, as Republican lawmakers continue to back Gov. Ron DeSantis in his clash with the entertainment giant."

• WMFE-Orlando: Karla Luzardo's dream of becoming a lawyer could be crushed by Florida immigration bill. "A bill that would ban undocumented people from being admitted into the Florida Bar, is getting its second committee reading in the Florida Senate on Tuesday."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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