The College Board says it will revise the AP African American Studies course after its rejection by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) for questionable content.
“As presented, the content of this course is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value,” says DOE rejection letter, The New York Times reports. “In the future, should College Board be willing to come back to the table with lawful, historically accurate content, (the education department) will always be willing to reopen the discussion.”
The nonprofit College Board is perhaps best known for its AP courses which allow high school students to earn college credit if they pass a final exam.
The board statement about the revisions did not provide reasons behind the changes, but said the course was in a trial phase to receive input from invested parties including legislators, school leaders and students.
Democrats in Florida argued Republicans in the state simply don’t want African American history being taught and they believe students should learn a diverse array of ideas in school.
But Florida Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. revealed the course was rife with controversial topics that run afoul of Florida’s Stop Woke Acts, including Critical Race Theory and Black Queer Studies.
“Despite the lies from the Biden White House, Florida rejected an AP course filled with Critical Race Theory and other obvious violations of Florida law,” Diaz, Jr. wrote in a tweet detailing the DOE’s concerns. “We proudly require the teaching of African American history. We do not accept woke indoctrination masquerading as education.”
“This course on Black history, what’s one of the lessons about? Queer theory,” said DeSantis on Monday when discussing the DOE’s decision. “Now, who would say that an important part of Black history is queer theory? That is somebody pushing an agenda.”