College Board releases official framework for new AP African American Studies course: Where does the Governor’s administration stand?

Reporter: Kellie Miller
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If you have high school-aged children, you’ve probably seen the headlines. The college board released the official curriculum for its new Advanced Placement African American studies course on Feb. 1, 2023.

The college board offers high school students advanced placement courses in a variety of subjects, including math, science, social studies, and now African American studies. These courses are optional for students.

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The official curriculum for the new African American Studies course replaces the preliminary pilot course, which Governor Ron DeSantis blocked in January. His administration claimed it was historically inaccurate, and violated state law. The official framework does not include units on the Black Lives Matter movement, queer studies, or reparations. There are other changes, but those are the key ones.

You can read the official AP course framework here or in the document below.

The course is expected to be available to all schools in the 2024-25 school year. As for its future in Florida, a spokesperson for Desantis confirmed to WINK News in an email that the Florida Department of Education is currently reviewing the new framework for corrections and compliance with Florida law.

Not everyone is on board with the changes, including Reverend R.B. Holmes Jr., pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee. “This is a democracy, this is America and not communism. And communism in North Korea and China, they tell you what you ought to think… how you ought to walk… what you ought to do and become… what you ought to read… but in America, we cannot go that way.”

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