DeSantis faces a potential lawsuit over ban of African American studies course : NPR

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Under Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, pictured, the state is enacting a handful of controversial education measures that are drawing national attention.

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Under Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, pictured, the state is enacting a handful of controversial education measures that are drawing national attention.

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Three Florida high school students are set to sue Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis after the state Department of Education rejected a new Advanced Placement course covering African American studies. The news comes a day after the College Board announced that it will review the course.

“By rejecting the African American history pilot program, Ron DeSantis has made it clear that he wants to dictate who history belongs to — and doesn’t —,” said Democratic state Representative Fentrice Driskell in news conference in Tallahassee, announcing the lawsuit, on Wednesday.

Ben Crump, a high-profile civil rights attorney, said he would file suit on behalf of the three students if DeSantis does not allow the course to be taught in the state. The course is the latest addition to the AP program, which helps high school students earn college credit.

“This is about this, this is about them, this is what the fight is for,” Crump said. “You never forget that.”

While dozens of states are introducing legislation that limits how various topics, including race and American history, can be discussed in public schools, these bills are particularly successful in Florida. Under DeSantis, the state passed its “Stop Woke” act – which allows parents to sue teachers, and school districts, for violating the state’s racial restrictions. taught in classrooms — and the Parents’ Rights in Education Act, also known as “Don ‘t Say Gay,” a bill — that prohibits discussion of sexual orientation and the -gender identity for certain elementary school students.

After news of the new African American studies AP course, the state Department of Education quickly rejected the class. Last week, Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. called the course “woke indoctrination masquerading as education.”

“As we have said all along, if the College Board decides to revise its course to comply with Florida law, we will return to the table,” Diaz added.

The College Board will release a revised course outline on the first day of Black History Month

The College Board announced on Tuesday that it will be reviewing the course. The organization said it would release “the official framework” for the course on February 1, which it noted is the first day of Black History Month.

“We are pleased that the College Board has acknowledged that the originally submitted course curriculum is problematic, and we are encouraged to see the College Board express a willingness to amend,” said Alex Lanfranconi, director of the Florida Department of Education communication.

“AP courses are standardized nationwide, and as a result of Florida’s strong stance against identity politics and indoctrination, students across the country consequently have access to a historically accurate course and impartial,” added Lanfranconi.

When contacted for comment, the College Board did not confirm whether the state’s course ban would play a role in its revisions.

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

At the rally announcing the case, Driskell commented on the large number of legislation passed in the state, under the leadership of the governor, which limits how race and other topics are discussed in the classroom.

“He wants to say I don’t belong,” said Driskell, who is Black. “He wants to say that you don’t belong and that his story – and it doesn’t – count. But we are here to tell him: We are America.”

Three high school AP honors students, who were present at the conference, will serve as the main plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

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