DeSantis Defends Nixing AP Black History Course

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday defended his decision to block an Advanced Placement (AP) course centered on black history and activism.
Republican gubernatorial candidate for Florida Ron DeSantis speaks during an election night watch party at the Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on November 8, 2022. - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been tipped as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, was projected as one of the early winners of the night in Tuesday's midterm election. (Photo by Giorgio VIERA / AFP) (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • DeSantis made in argument  following criticism from the White House.
  • “The issue is, we have guidelines and standards in Florida. We want education, not indoctrination,” said DeSantis, according to a video from a press conference.
  • The governor also argued the state already requires a non-Advanced Placement course on black history.
  • DeSantis focused his argument about the AP curriculum on its inclusion of black queer studies.
  • “Who would say that an important part of black history is queer theory? That is somebody pushing an agenda on our kids. … When you try to use black history to shoehorn in queer theory, you are clearly trying to use that for political purposes,” the governor says in the video.

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