Three Florida highschool college students are threatening to sue Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state of Florida over a recently announced statewide ban on a brand new Superior Placement course on African American historical past.
The threatened authorized motion was introduced Wednesday on behalf of the AP honors college students who accuse the state and its Republican governor of censoring public schooling whereas closely favoring white historical past over Black.
“Certainly there are other advanced placement histories, such as AP European History, AP U.S. History and AP World History, all predominantly generated towards white people,” highschool junior Victoria McQueen, one of many potential plaintiffs, stated at a press convention alongside civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who could be representing them.
“If he does not negotiate with the College Board to allow African American studies to be taught in classrooms in the state of Florida, these three young people will be the lead plaintiffs in a historic lawsuit,” Crump stated of DeSantis.
The pilot program on African American research was banned in Florida underneath DeSantis’ so-called “Stop WOKE Act,” which he signed into regulation final 12 months. The laws locations restrictions on how racism and different elements of historical past might be taught in colleges and workplaces. It features a ban on instructing “critical race theory,” a college-level framework of examine which argues that racism is embedded in authorized methods and authorities insurance policies.
Florida’s Division of Training (DOE) stated various subjects ― together with on essential race idea, Black queer research and intersectionality ― must be eliminated to ensure that the course to be taught within the state’s colleges.
“As Governor DeSantis said, African American History is American History, and we will not allow any organization to use an academic course as a gateway for indoctrination and a political agenda,” stated Florida Division of Training Communications Director Alex Lanfranconi in an announcement Wednesday.
The Faculty Board introduced Tuesday that it’ll current its official framework on the course on Feb. 1 after contemplating suggestions it has acquired from excessive colleges and faculties which have already participated within the pilot program nationwide.
“This framework, under development since March 2022, replaces the preliminary pilot course framework under discussion to date,” the nonprofit group stated, with out sharing any specifics on how the official course could differ from the pilot.
Florida’s DOE, in a letter to the Faculty Board final week, stated the AP course contains traditionally inaccurate content material and “significantly lacks educational value.” It urged that the course be amended for any future consideration.
The pilot course is “indoctrination, not education,” DeSantis stated at a press conference Monday.
“Who would say that an important part of Black history is queer theory?” he stated. “That’s the wrong side of the line for Florida standards. When you try to use Black history to shoehorn in queer theory, you are clearly trying to use that for political purposes.”