Educational Organization Protects LGBTQ+ Lessons Against Ron DeSantis’s Meddling

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The College Board, which is an organization responsible for what are known as Advanced Placement (AP) courses, has rejected the prospect of removing course content on sexual orientation and gender identity from a course it offers on psychology. The organization was under pressure from Florida state authorities, led by GOP Governor Ron DeSantis, who’s now also running for president.

In general, the organization’s courses are not required for high school students, who instead simply have the option to join and potentially start accumulating college credit before actually enrolling at such an institution. Last year, nearly 300,000 high school students around the country participated in exams associated with the AP course in psychology, and the program is also popular in Florida. The problem hinges on the recent restrictions that the state’s Republican leaders have been imposing on basic discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in classroom settings. Though there are some exceptions, recent administrative action from the state extended the general ban on such discussions to all grades before college in Florida public schools.

“Please know that we will not modify our courses to accommodate restrictions on teaching essential, college-level topics,” the College Board recently told Florida state authorities in a portion of their missive highlighted by The Washington Post. “Doing so would break the fundamental promise of AP: colleges wouldn’t broadly accept that course for credit and that course wouldn’t prepare students for success in the discipline.” Florida officials recently put the organization again on the spot, sending correspondence that requested a review of its course content and, in general, reiterated demands for compliance with DeSantis’s education regime.

The College Board is the same organization that was responsible for an African American Studies course over which DeSantis and allies of his originally raised feverish complaints. That course content has subsequently undergone multiple rounds of revision, and the College Board has expressed regrets for its initially shaky stance on maintaining the course content against political attacks. Read more at this link.