DeSantis Makes Radical Change To Florida School System

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( -On Monday Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) considered the idea of having Advancement Placement (AP) classes in his state completely replaced following his ongoing conflict with the College Board over the African American studies course.

During a press conference, DeSantis noted that the College Board had not been elected by anyone and they were simply there to provide a service. He added that everyone has the right to choose whether or not they want to utilize that service. He added that these AP courses have been around for a long time, and it is possible that there are “some other vendors who may be able to do that job as good or maybe even a lot better.”

The governor also noted that he had discussed with some officials the possibility of having all College Board AP classes replaced.

The conflict between DeSantis and the College Board started last month when the governor refused to accept the College Board’s new African American studies course pilot program.

DeSantis noted that their objections to the specific course related to certain parts of the curriculum which dealt with queer studies and intersectionality. DeSantis’s officials determined that the course “lacks educational value.”

Following this rejection, the College Board made alterations to the course at the start of the month. The changes, which they claimed had been in the works for months, led to the course more closely aligning with DeSantis’ views. While DeSantis noted that this was a victory he did not disclose whether or not the course would be accepted into the state’s curriculum.

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