The Latest in Granbury, TX: Recent reporting on the August, 2022 school board meeting highlighted the renewed efforts to have more books to be “permanently” removed from Granbury ISD schools. On September 12, 2022 we requested records from the Granbury ISD School Board regarding these proceedings and others going back to fall 2021.  

On August 23, 2022 we filed another request for any texts sent or received by Dr. Glenn pertaining to official business. In response, on September 6, 2022 we received a handful of texts and a letter informing us that Granbury ISD would seek permission from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office to withhold others.

We believe that the public has a right to know how government officials are conducting official business, including how they may be trying to censor constitutionally protected speech.

Background

Chris Tackett, a parent in Granbury, TX, is seeking records related to the district’s alleged plans to review books related to LGBTQ issues. On July 11, 2022, on behalf of Mr. Tackett, we requested all text messages between Granbury ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn and any Granbury trustees regarding efforts to strip books from Granbury ISD shelves.

To date, the District has provided only a handful of documents, and has also informed us that the Superintendent likely deleted any such text messages – a potential violation of state records retention laws. But we believe the public has a right to know how government officials are conducting official business, including how they may be trying to censor constitutionally protected speech.

In communities in Idaho, Florida, Texas, and across the country, school boards and other actors are restricting access to books, violating the freedom to read. Follow along here, and join us, as we amplify the voices of those affected, uncover and shed light on these actions, and challenge these abuses of power.

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Last Update: September 7, 2022