Florida bans controversial high school course

 January 20, 2023

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has made fighting leftist ideology a priority, famously declaring in his reelection victory speech that his state "is where woke goes to die."

The governor appears set on making that a reality, with his administration recently blocking a controversial high school program. 

The program was described as "contrary to Florida law"

According to the Washington Examiner, the Florida Department of Education's Office of Articulation sent a letter to the state the College Board regarding an Advanced Placement class centered on African American Studies.

The Examiner quoted the letter as saying that the course is "inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value."

The paper noted that the letter did not provide specific details regarding what elements of the program were considered to be objectionable.

Florida Education Department Press Secretary Cassie Palelis later provided a statement to the Examiner regarding the department's decision.

"If the course comes into compliance and incorporates historically accurate content, the Department will reopen the discussion," it explained.

Meanwhile, the AP course organization provided a statement of its own which read, "We look forward to bringing this rich and inspiring exploration of African-American history and culture to students across the country."

Decision slammed as "institutionalized racism"

The move did not go over well with Democratic Florida state Sen. Shevrin "Shev" Jones, who put out a tweet listing the other AP programs that were not targeted.

In a subsequent tweet, Jones alleged that DeSantis' administration is practicing "political extremism" that will result in "an entire generation of Black children who won’t be able to see themselves reflected at all within their own education or in their own State.

Jones was not alone in condemning the Florida Department of Education's Office of Articulation's decision, with one Twitter user saying that it "is exactly what institutionalized racism looks like in real time."

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