Gov. DeSantis says Florida students have alternatives to Advanced Placement courses
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

'They absolutely will. And it's just a matter of what's the best way to do it.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to outline a path away from the College Board’s products in the wake of a dispute over an African American Studies Advanced Placement course proposal.

“I don’t think anyone should be concerned about our high school students not having opportunity for that. They absolutely will. And it’s just a matter of what’s the best way to do it,” he said in Jacksonville.

DeSantis contended there are other ways for high school students to get college credit that circumvent the College Board offerings, suggesting that discontinuing AP classes wouldn’t present an insurmountable burden for students given the panoply of other options.

“They’re not the only one that can provide that particular service. So we really believe in Florida (that) high school students should be able to earn college credits. We’ve championed dual enrollment where you can actually take a course in high school from one of our professors at a state college,” DeSantis said. “So that’s going to happen.”

Raising the question of “who elected” the College Board again as he did previously, he suggested that more academically “rigorous” alternatives exist that can be implemented in its stead.

“Are there other people that provide services? It turns out there are,” DeSantis added, contending that International Baccalaureate courses are “actually more rigorous than AP” classes, and are accepted by colleges.

DeSantis also said Cambridge International courses are “also more rigorous.”

“Florida students are going to have that ability,” he added. “That is not going to be diminished. In fact, we’re going to continue to work to expand it. But it’s not clear to me, this particular operator is the one that’s going to need to be used in the future.”

The Governor noted that “some of the top high schools in the country” already eschew AP, along with “some of our top schools in Florida.”

“So college credit? Yes. Having that available for everyone? Absolutely. Does it have to be done by the College Board or can we utilize some of these other providers who I think have a really, really strong track record?”

DeSantis addressed the controversy Monday, when he floated the idea of Florida divorcing 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.

“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 on Monday and Tuesday followed the College Board condemnation of 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 (the Florida Department of Education) 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 since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • TJC

    February 14, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    How about freedom for students and parents to choose AP courses? Why would he take away a choice? DeSantis has painted himself into a hypocrite’s corner and now he’s flailing around trying to figure a way out. What an ambitious idiot.

    • cassandra

      February 14, 2023 at 3:53 pm

      Expect Rufo and Hillsdale to be providing the profitable “alternatives”. Parents and students will be able to choose any of Rufo’s college credit courses in ‘Christian Nationalism Studies’.

  • Tom

    February 14, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    College Board sold out to extremism.
    Gov will remedy.

    • cassandra

      February 14, 2023 at 3:04 pm

      Which other of your children’s rights are you going to let DeSantis take away? You are not going to be able to look them in the eyes.

  • Tom

    February 14, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    College Board sold out to extremism.
    Gov will remedy.

  • Tom

    February 14, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    College Board sold out to extremism.
    Gov will remedy.

  • Ron DeSantis is a Racist

    February 14, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    This governor has waged an all out attack on education.
    It’s obvious what the endgame is here. Keep people stupid and uneducated so that the Elite Class will always have an easy time finding cheap wage slaves to exploit, and so that those same uneducated people keep voting for Republicans.

    Educated people don’t vote for the GOP.

  • Lex

    February 15, 2023 at 9:11 am

    I think that IB and Community College courses are not the same as AP. IB usually requires attending a particular school and Community College requires getting yourself to a Community College instead of just taking the class at your school. I am not saying that Florida cannot create a fix that is as good or better than AP classes and that there should be more than one business that does content similar to AP. It’s not fair that there is only one choice. There is no reason for a monopoly in that business.

  • JD

    February 15, 2023 at 6:38 pm

    The bullshit about talking about pulling AP courses from Florida schools is nothing more than the “Disney type rebuke” of College Board for talking out about their dislike of his opine of the CRT AP course. I thought that was tantamount of free speech?

    BS. Public Servant my ass.

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