Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may have to take a break from running for president to joust with the College Board again.
According to The College Fix, the organization said that it has rejected the Florida Department of Education’s request to revise its Advanced Placement Psychology course for high schoolers in order to comply with a new state law.
That law, recently signed by DeSantis, extends the Parental Rights in Education law. The initial law banned school districts and classroom teachers from using lesson plans rooted in sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3.
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The update extends that through eighth grade. For grades 9 through 12, the instruction material “must be in a manner that is age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards,” the DOE said.
In response to the state’s request, the College Board replied that it “will not modify our courses to accommodate restrictions on teaching essential, college-level topics. Doing so would break the fundamental promise of AP: colleges wouldn’t broadly accept that course for credit and that course wouldn’t prepare students for careers in the discipline.”
“The learning objective within AP Psychology that covers gender and sexual orientation has specifically been raised by some Florida districts relative to these recent regulations. That learning objective must remain a required topic, just as it has been in Florida for many years. As with all AP courses, required topics must be included for a course to be designated as AP.
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The group defiantly noted that it had “learned from our mistakes in the recent rollout” of an AP course on African American Studies, and added that they “know that we must be clear from the outset where we stand.”
But the board restored the material after left-wing academics and activists complained.
DeSantis and state lawmakers responded by seeking to have the state create its own tests. “This College Board, like, nobody elected them to anything,” DeSantis said in February. “They’re providing service — and you can either utilize those services or not.”
It’s unclear so far what DeSantis or the DOE will do in response to the board’s challenge to the state’s new law.
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