Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is engaged in a very public spat with the College Board over the new AP African American studies course. He is now floating the idea of replacing AP courses in Florida altogether.
“This College Board, like, nobody elected them to anything. They’re just kind of there, and they’re providing service.” DeSantis said at a press conference. “So you can either utilize those services or not. And they’ve provided these AP courses for a long time, but, you know, there are probably some other vendors who may be able to do that job as good or maybe even a lot better,”
The conflict with College Board started when the Florida Department of Education rejected the initial version of the African American studies course citing concerns about critical race theory.
The College Board’s revised version of the class does not feature many of the elements the Florida Department of Education took issue with but that has not stopped them from criticizing the state for their rejection of the course and claims of influence:
“In Florida’s effort to engineer a political win, they have claimed credit for the specific changes we made to the official framework.” Said the College Board in an open blog post. “In their February 7, 2023, letter to us, which they leaked to the media within hours of sending, Florida expresses gratitude for the removal of 19 topics, none of which they ever asked us to remove, and most of which remain in the official framework.”
Conservatives nationwide have pushed back on curricula they perceive as “woke” or “divisive.”