A new Advanced Placement course on African American studies has been rejected by Florida. The rejection means that high schools in the state will be unable to offer the course to their students.
In a letter to the College Board, the Florida Department of Education outlined its reasoning for banning the course:
“As presented, the content of this course is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value,” said the letter. “In the future, should College Board be willing to come back to the table with lawful, historically accurate content, FDOE will always be willing to reopen the discussion.”
Florida, under Governor Ron DeSantis, has aggressively cracked down on coursework or curriculum they categorize as “woke” or “divisive.” Conservatives claim that K-12 schools have been teaching critical race theory (CRT) while Liberals contend that CRT isn’t taught in schools and that the critiques of CRT are really veiled attempts to remove Black history from schools.