The School Board is refusing to alter its long-standing Superior Placement Psychology course after the Florida Division of Training requested that the course and all others supplied by the group be audited and modified to suit state legal guidelines limiting instruction on sexual orientation and gender identification.
In a Could 19 letter to the School Board obtained by Ok-12 Dive, the state division’s Workplace of Articulation requested the group to “instantly conduct an intensive evaluation of all School Board programs” and inform the state “whether or not these programs want modification to make sure compliance” by June 16.
“Some programs could include content material or subjects prohibited by State Board of Training rule and Florida legislation,” stated the letter, which cited the state’s “Parental Rights in Training” legislation signed March 27 by Gov. Ron DeSantis, which regulates instruction on sexual orientation and gender identification in public colleges.
In its response final week, the School Board stated it does not plan to change any of its 40 AP programs — together with AP Psychology — in response to efforts spreading in numerous states to manage LGBTQ+ and race-related content material.
“We don’t know if the state of Florida will ban this course,” the group stated in an announcement. “To AP academics in Florida, we’re heartbroken by the potential for Florida college students being denied the chance to take part on this or any AP course.”
School Board’s refusal to budge on its course content material comes after a months-long feud with Florida over the group’s new AP African American Research course, which the state claimed is “inexplicably opposite to Florida legislation and considerably lacks academic worth.”
The School Board sparked criticism nationwide after it considerably altered that course’s framework to take away required subjects associated to intersectionality, reparations and Black Queer research, and made some subjects non-obligatory as a substitute.
Whereas the School Board disputed Florida’s declare on the time that the modifications to the framework have been made in response to its request, it now stated in an announcement it has “discovered from our errors within the latest rollout of AP African American Research and know that we should be clear from the outset the place we stand.”
School Board’s 181-page AP Psychology course framework features a subject on gender and sexual orientation, which the group says has been a problem for Florida college district leaders in gentle of latest anti-LGBTQ+ legal guidelines. The educational goal for that part is listed as having the ability to “describe how intercourse and gender affect socialization and different facets of growth.”
“That studying goal should stay a required subject, simply because it has been in Florida for a few years,” the School Board stated in response to Florida’s request.