Arkansas Removes Course Credit for AP African American Studies

The Arkansas Department of Education has removed course credit eligibility for an Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies course.

This alteration comes in the wake of Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders signing a series of bills that restrict what educators can teach in public schools. The decision is based on concerns that the course might inadvertently lead teachers to violate Arkansas law due to unclear regulations. The decision, which affects the upcoming school year, means that while a school can offer the curriculum, the class will not count towards early college credit and will not be counted the same as other AP courses in the state’s grading system.

Florida made a similar decision about the same pilot course and other states have pledged to re-examine the course amidst a national pushback on race based on curriculum.

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