Gov. DeSantis says Florida will ‘re-evaluate’ College Board products
Every melodrama needs villians; Ron DeSantis was happy to supply them.

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'Nobody elected them to anything. They're just kind of there.'

Gov.Β Ron DeSantis is continuing his war with the College Board, suggesting legislative consequences are ahead for the academic body that attempts to “jam its agenda down our throats.”

That could, in theory, extend to a prohibition of its products itself, which have been central for generations of Florida students seeking higher education.

“Universities can or can’t accept College Board courses for credit. Maybe they do others,” DeSantis mused in Naples.

The Governor reiterated his opposition to an African American Studies Advanced Placement course proposal rolled out by the previously uncontroversial College Board earlier this year. He then suggested that Florida may further divorce itself from the group’s offerings, with legislators moving to “reevaluate” the state’s relationship with the body in the upcoming Legislative Session.

“The College Board was the one that in a Black Studies course put queer theory in. Not us! They did that. They were the ones who put in Intersectionality. They put in other types of neo-Marxism into the proposed syllabus,” DeSantis contended.

Those comments were consistent with previous denunciations of a curriculum DeSantis said was unduly concerned with “social justice,” which he delivered on the friendly Fox News Channel’s β€œUnfiltered with Dan Bongino.”

“So our Department of Education looked at that and said, ‘In Florida, we do education, not indoctrination.’ And so that runs afoul of our standards. Many people agree with that in other states. We were the only ones who had the backbone to stand up and do it, because they call you names and demagogue you when you do it.”

DeSantis then noted that the College Board is not subject to a democratic process.

“Nobody elected them to anything,” DeSantis contended. “They’re just kind of there. And they provide a service.”

“They provided these AP courses for a long time, but you know, there are probably some other vendors who may be able to do that job as good or even a lot better,” DeSantis argued, noting that he “talked” to House Speaker Paul Renner about legislative moves to “re-evaluate how Florida’s doing that.”

DeSantis’ comments come after the College Board condemned the state’s rejection of its initially proposed Black Studies course as lacking “educational value” in a letter made public over the weekend. The Board said the state’s critiques were “absent of substance.”

“In the discussion, they did not offer feedback but instead asked vague, uninformed questions like, ‘What does the word “intersectionality” mean?’ and ‘Does the course promote Black Panther thinking?'”

“We have made the mistake of treating FDOE with the courtesy we always accord to an education agency, but they have instead exploited this courtesy for their political agenda,” the College Board contended.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


12 comments

  • Dems are ALL groomers

    February 13, 2023 at 11:52 am

    Leftists infest higher education. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Plus they get extra credit in He77 for indoctrinating and grooming our kids into Marxism and sexual perversion, so that attracts the worst scum of the earth.

    • desantiseatsbabies4breakfast

      February 13, 2023 at 12:28 pm

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    • Dr. Franklin Waters

      February 13, 2023 at 12:51 pm

      You need to stop doing drugs,

    • cassandra

      February 13, 2023 at 4:55 pm

      What else are you going to make your children sacrifice to Ron? They can’t go to Disney World. No AP classes. What do they give up next? How are you planning to avoid their eyes when they ask you “why?”

  • Ron DeSantis is a Racist

    February 13, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Ron DeSantis is trying to whitewash history.

    He is a racist piece of trash.

  • SteveHC

    February 13, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    “We have made the mistake of treating FDOE with the courtesy we always accord to an education agency, but they have instead exploited this courtesy for their political agenda,” the College Board contended. – 100% CORRECT.

  • alexander

    February 13, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Awww… Groomers sad.

  • Valerie Sprieser

    February 13, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    There is no other System in place that offers AP credits! My sons went to Florida high school that offered a wide range of AP courses. They both graduated with enough AP credits equal to 3 semesters of college courses which equals thousands of dollars of saved tuition and room an board! AP courses are widely accepted in just about every college in the US! This stupid ass wants to deprive Florida students of the same opportunities that students of other states enjoy. He will put our students at a disadvantage academically and financially as well…just for political points! Shameful!

    • Renard

      February 13, 2023 at 7:55 pm

      Some of us have already moved. The number of Florida tagged teslas, mercedes and volvos in the Raleigh Durham area is mind blowing.

  • Lex

    February 14, 2023 at 9:35 am

    This is a fight that has to be fought. It is very tricky because the whole BLM movement has convoluted racism with marxism. I want there to be a Black History AP class and AP classes in general. But we should not be teaching “politics” to minors. That is indoctrination, or a bare minimum an open opportunity for many to indoctrinate. Teaching has become too political and by its nature it touches political things.

  • Lex

    February 14, 2023 at 9:36 am

    If there isn’t another system of AP classes than just this one that in and of itself is a major problem. One entity should not control the education of our children. It’s a monopoly in an economic sense, but it’s also a monopoly on ideas.

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