The College Board scales back AP African American studies course after political pressure

The College Board released the revised framework for its new Advanced Placement African American studies course on Wednesday. The new version of the course is noticeably missing several of the contentious elements highlighted by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education.

The new course has removed writers associated with critical race theory, LGBTQ+ topics, and feminism. The study of Black Lives Matter is still included, but optional.

The course also includes a new topic that was not previously present:  “Black Conservatism.”

The original course was banned from Florida schools due to a law that prohibits topics like critical race theory. Florida officials faced backlash for that decision but College Board, the organization that manages the Advance Placement curriculum announced they were revising the course shortly thereafter.

The College Board disputes that the changes were made to appease DeSantis or any other conservatives.

“At the College Board, we can’t look to statements of political leaders,” David Coleman, head of the College Board told the New York Times. He claims the changes are based only on “the input of professors” and “longstanding A.P. principles.”

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