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In a new move, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has rejected a new Advanced Placement course in African American studies that was to be taught on high school campuses. According to a report by DeSantis, GuardianSaid the curriculum violates Florida state law and doesn’t have educational value.
His opponents claim this is his latest action to stifle conversations about race, sexuality and gender identity on Florida school campuses. He officially banned the course and sent a letter to the College Board. The College Board in Florida is responsible for administering college preparatory tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
They are also responsible for Advanced Placement (AP) courses. According to these Advanced Placement courses Guardian Reports, help students earn college credit in subjects such as English and Chemistry.
DeSantis’ letter to the College Board stated: “(the curriculum) is clearly contrary to Florida law and significantly lacking in educational value.”
The College Board announced a pilot program earlier in 2022 that will offer an ‘evidence-based introduction to African American studies’ and will be launched in 60 high schools across the state in the current school year. It will then be expanded to other campuses in 2024.
It was to be in the pilot phase and would collect feedback from teachers, students, scholars and policy makers as per the standard procedure.
DeSantis, a former Trump aide who has always maintained that Florida will “fight against woke ideology” has on previous occasions fueled social and political concerns among a section of conservative Americans, says the curriculum is designed to inspire children. are taken
He signed the Stop the Walk Act in 2022, limiting discussions related to race in schools. He also signed the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill prohibiting instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, attracting international and national scrutiny from critics who claim that such s’ tactics marginalize LGBTQ+ students.
This also led to conflict between Disney and the Florida government.
Recently the administration urged Florida universities to submit information on the number and ages of students who have sought treatment for gender dysphoria, which includes sex reassignment surgery and hormone prescription, Guardian referring to associated Press, It is not known why this information was sought.
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