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Backlash grows against DeSantis decision to block AP African American Studies class


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis facing growing backlash against his administration decision ban advanced placement course in high school on African American Studies, with Rallying Black Leaders in capital, a prominent civil rights lawyer threatening to sue, and state lawmakers calling for it to be overturned decision.

Lawyer Ben Crump accused DeSantis of violating the federal and state constitutions on Wednesday by refusing to allow the course. His legal team noted that the federal judge found 2010 law in Arizona banning Mexican from American education program from Tucson schools are unconstitutional, and officials are “driven by racial animosity.”

State Department of Education claims the class is “inexplicably contrary to Florida law.” AND new Education law advocated by DeSantis needs lessons on race be trained in “an objective question” and “is not used to indoctrinate or persuade students on any particular issue.” of view”. Some education advocates and teachers say the law is worded so broadly that it gives goosebumps. effect on doctrine of Black history.

“If he doesn’t negotiate with college council allow APs will teach African American Studies in classes across the state of Florida, these three young people will be lead plaintiffs in historic lawsuit,” Crump said before introducing the students.

Crump was involved in several high-profile civil rights cases involving black Americans and vowed that DeSantis “cannot exterminate our culture.”

latest controversy in Florida’s education policy kicked off this month when the DeSantis administration announced the Advanced Placement pilot course. on Black history will not be approved by the State Department of education because it violated state law and “has no educational value.”

State Department of Education listed “problems” in curriculum, including topics covering Intersectionality and Activism, Black Feminist Literature Theory, and Black Queer Studies.

“Now who I would say that an important part of Black history queer theory? DeSantis said on news conference this week. “It’s somebody pushing the agenda on our children”.

But critics of governor, who It has made eliminating what he calls “awakened indoctrination” in schools and businesses. key part of of his platform, they say he unfairly targeted Black history not allowing the course to be taught in Florida. Other Advanced Placement classes, such as European history, were not scrutinized by the DeSantis administration.

College Council said in a news Tuesday’s release that “official framework” of the course will be released on February 1, replacing the pilot program and taking into account feedback from high schools and colleges. It does not mention input from public officials.

College Council Representative declined to comment on was the curriculum adjusted in light of concerns of the DeSantis administration. AP classes take from two to six years in development, according to the board, and “revisited regularly thereafter.”

Alex Lanfranconi, Press Secretary for Department of Florida of Education, said in stating that the administration is “encouraged that the College Board is willing to make amendments.” He added that the state will reconsider the issue of class approval after studying new syllabus.

“We are looking forward to the College Board changes and wait for removal of content on Critical race theory, black queer studies, intersectionality and other topics that violate our law,” Lanfranconi said.

Meanwhile, dozens of people gathered for a “Stop Black Attack” rally. in Tallahassee is organized by Equal Ground, a voting rights organization. group. Several speakers blamed DeSantis of trying to further marginalize blacks community in my time in office. State Senator Shevrin Jones (D) told DeSantis should deal with problems such as “collapsing schools, dilapidated buildings in our communities” and high property insurance costs.

“These are questions that are ignored because we have to deal with promotion of Jim Crow 3.0 off people who not know and don’t care what happens in Black communities but they want to judge how you teach our history”, Jones said.

DeSantis said he wants students to learn black history – and by law they required to – but accused teachers of instilling in students to believe in the “ideology of awakening”.

Leaders with State Legislature Black Caucus Plans to Engage with national civil rights organizations to bring together additional educational opportunities for blacks history so students don’t have to wait on state or governor to see the value in them history” said the deputies. in statement this week.

State Representative Michelle Reiner (D) said DeSantis on political witch-hunts and the violation of Florida students’ freedom to study—and students know this.

“They are know that erasing of history is not secretReiner said. “There are 2.8 million students in the school. in Florida public schools right now, knowing that their governor is not want im learning about black history”.

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