Another win for Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The College Board, the nonprofit that oversees the SAT and Advanced Placement courses for high schoolers, announced on Tuesday that it would revise the AP African American Studies course it developed after DeSantis rejected the curriculum for Florida.
The organization said it would release the course’s “official framework” on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month.
The version that DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education objected to was a pilot that had limited release to gain feedback.
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As The Free Press reported, DeSantis strongly criticized the program for being laced with Critical Race Theory, references to “intersectionality,” and an LGBTQ provision for lessons on things like Black Queer Studies.
“Who would say that an important part of black history is ‘queer theory’?” DeSantis said at a press conference on Monday. “Somebody pushing an agenda on our kids. … They have stuff about intersectionality, abolishing prisons. That’s a political agenda.”
DeSantis’ criticism, though, earned him the scorn of leftist media pundits, some black religious leaders, and the White House — some of whom were gaslighting the American public by claiming Florida was not going to teach African-American history at all.
Black history is mandatory for public school students under Florida law.
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He made that point Monday, saying, “That’s what our standards for black history are. It’s cut and dry history. You learn the basics, you learn about the great figures. I view it as American history … people who participated to make the country great, who stood up when it wasn’t easy, they all deserve to be taught.”
The College Board announced its change without specifically referencing Florida.
In its statement, the organization said, “Before a new AP course is made broadly available, it is piloted in a small number of high schools to gather feedback from high schools and colleges. The official course framework incorporates this feedback and defines what students will encounter on the AP Exam for college credit and placement.”
“We are grateful for the contributions of experts, teachers, and students and look forward to sharing the framework broadly.”
DOE spokesman Alex Lanfranconi told Florida’s Voice that the department was pleased the College Board acknowledged that the original curriculum is “problematic” and was willing to change it.
“AP courses are standardized nationwide, and as a result of Florida’s strong stance against identity politics and indoctrination, students across the country will consequentially have access to a historically accurate, unbiased course,” said Lanfranconi.