College Board rolls back black history course's CRT, LGBT elements after Florida crackdown

Draft version with extremist elements ran afoul of Florida education standards.
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AP signage at a Virginia high school
AP signage at a Virginia high school
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The College Board has rolled back its plans to launch a new African American history course loaded with extremist ideology on LGBT and racial issues, shortly after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed to bar the curriculum from state schools. 

The board's 2023-24 AP African American Studies standards, released this week, dropped language associated with "queer" black Americans, as well as material focused on far-left critical race theory and "black feminism." 

The Florida state government last month revealed why it had moved to bar the course from the state's schools, with State Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz Jr. claiming that the curriculum was “filled with Critical Race Theory and other obvious violations of Florida law.” 

Florida has clamped down on hardline-progressive ideology in education in recent months, including barring teachers from discussing sexuality and transgenderism with very young students, a move that led to considerable protests throughout the state. 

David Coleman, the head of the College Board, told the New York Times that the revisions were purely pedagogical, not political. 

“At the College Board, we can’t look to statements of political leaders,” he claimed.