Florida Governor Slammed for Rejection of AP Class

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(ConservativeHub.com) – FL Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and his administration have recently come under fire after rejecting an Advanced Placement African American Studies course that was being taught in Florida schools. Over the course of his administration, DeSantis has frequently faced criticism relating to his approach to the education system and curriculum.

The administration sent a letter to the College Board Florida Partnership earlier this month to inform them that the course being taught both went against Florida law and had no educational value for those who attended the course. CBS News reported that when speaking on the decision, DeSantis said called the class “indoctrination” and said classes shouldn’t have an “agenda” attached.

Following the announcement regarding the course being rejected, both Democratic legislators and LGBTQ advocates have intensified their efforts and criticized DeSantis for his attempts to stop sexual preference and gender identity content from being included in a school environment.

Sen. Shevrin Jones (D-FL), who is the first openly gay senator in Florida, has said that Florida is working hard to “whitewash” history with this recent rejection, according to the New York Times. He added that the administration is trying to completely switch the focus and discussions being held surrounding race, slavery, and other significant history discussions.

A February 2022 Quinnipiac University poll showed that only around 27 percent of Americans believed that the history they had been taught in schools accurately represented U.S. History.

The NAACP Director of Education Innovation and Research, Ivory Toldson, also joined the debate, saying in a press release that DeSantis’ choice to dismiss the AP African American Studies Course in many ways is a “dereliction of his duty” and that it was in DeSantis’ hand to ensure that all Floridians received a good education.

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