DeSantis-ditched AP African-American studies course to be updated next month, national organization says

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The organization behind the AP African-American Studies course which was recently rejected by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration will release a new framework on Feb. 1, according to an announcement obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

College Board, the national organization behind advanced placement (AP) courses available to high school students across the country, announced Tuesday that it would publicly release its updated framework for a new AP course focused on African-American studies, its statement read. The Florida Department of Education (DOE) rejected on Jan. 12 a proposal to teach the course in state schools because of concern that the course taught tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and queer theory.

“On Wednesday, February 1, the first day of Black History Month, the Advanced Placement Program will release the official framework for the AP African American Studies course,” the College Board statement read. “This framework, under development since March 2022, replaces the preliminary pilot course framework under discussion to date.”

The DOE is “glad the College Board has recognized that the originally submitted course curriculum is problematic, and [is] encouraged to see the College Board express a willingness to amend,” Alex Lanfranconi, state DOE director of communications, told the DCNF.

“AP courses are standardized nationwide, and as a result of Florida’s strong stance against identity politics and indoctrination, students across the country will consequentially have access to an historically accurate, unbiased course,” he said.

The course’s rejection sparked backlash from top Democrats. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the decision “incomprehensible” and said that it blocked the “study of black Americans.”

DeSantis defended the DOE’s decision during a Monday press conference where he said that the administration would promote “education, not indoctrination,” and pointed to the course’s inclusion of black queer studies as one of the reasons it was rejected.

“Who would say that an important part of black history is queer theory? That is somebody pushing an agenda on our kids … When you try to use black history to shoehorn in queer theory, you are clearly trying to use that for political purposes,” he reportedly said.

The DOE told College Board in its rejection letter that it could propose a course that includes “lawful, historically accurate content.”

“Before a new AP course is made broadly available, it is piloted in a small number of high schools to gather feedback from high schools and colleges,” College Board’s statement continued. “The official course framework incorporates this feedback and defines what students will encounter on the AP Exam for college credit and placement.”

“We are grateful for the contributions of experts, teachers, and students and look forward to sharing the framework broadly,” the statement concluded.

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