The College Board said Tuesday it will course release a new framework for. Advanced Placement courses in African American studies. That Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration. Has blocked from being offered in Florida high schools.
The nonprofit organization. Which oversees Advanced Placement programs nationwide, announced. That on Feb. 1 it will “release the official framework” for an AP African. American Studies course, which it says has been under development since March.
The DeSantis administration sent a letter to the College Board this month rejecting. The course, saying, “As presented, the content of this course is inconsistent. With Florida law and lacks educational value.”
A College Board spokeswoman did not respond to questions.
About whether the change was a direct result of Florida’s rejection of the course.
The company said it is running the course in 60 high schools. And collects feedback before it offers the courses more .
“The official course framework incorporates this feedback. And determines what students will encounter on. AP exams for college credit and placement,” the College Board said Tuesday.
The Florida Department of Education, which opposed.
“We are pleased that the College Board has acknowledged. That the submitted course curriculum is problematic. And we are encouraged by the College Board’s willingness to revise it.” Alex Lanfranconi, a spokesman for the agency, said in a statement. “AP courses are standardized nationwide.
Lanfranconi said he hoped to remove content on topics.
That “violate our laws,” including critical race theory, black queer studies, and intersectionality.
DeSantis, who won re-election in November.
“Who’s to say queer theory is an important part of Black history? It’s somebody pushing an agenda on our kids,” DeSantis said. “And so, when you look and see the intersectionality between them. Abolishing the prisons — that’s a political agenda. That’s the wrong side of the line in Florida standards.”
DeSantis made education.
And other social issues central to his administration. Last year, he signed into law the so-called “Stop Walk Act.”
The White House last week called DeSantis’ opposition to AP courses “incomprehensible.”
“If you think about studying black Americans. That’s what he wants to block,” White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre said at a briefing. “They didn’t block AP European History.”