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Thursday, August 3, 2023

The State of Florida Department of Education has banned AP Psychology courses throughout the state

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that The State of Florida Department of Education has banned AP Psychology courses throughout the state.

Florida "effectively banned" Advanced Placement Psychology classes in the state due to the course's content on sexual orientation and gender identity, the College Board said Thursday.

The state's Department of Education informed the College Board that its AP Psychology class is in violation of state law, the higher education nonprofit said in a statement. Florida's Parental Rights in Education Act, or what critics have dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" law, restricts the instruction of sexual orientation and gender identity in the state's classrooms.

It's not the only College Board course targeted by DeSantis' administration. Earlier this year, Florida rejected the College Board’s AP African American Studies class, alleging it violated state law because of topics such as Black Lives Matter, Black feminism and reparations.

Florida's “Stop WOKE Act” restricts how race is discussed in schools, colleges and workplaces and prohibits any teaching that could make students feel they bear personal responsibility for historic wrongs because of their race, color, sex or national origin.

“The state’s ban of this content removes choice from parents and students,” the College Board said in a statement. “Coming just days from the start of school, it derails the college readiness and affordability plans of tens of thousands of Florida students currently registered for AP Psychology, one of the most popular AP classes in the state.“

The state's move to restrict the AP Psychology course comes several months after its decision to block AP African American Studies courses was widely condemned by academics and civil rights activists.

Florida's district superintendents learned of DOE's decision in a conference call Thursday morning. For some school districts, the fall semester starts next week and the news could require changes to students' schedules. More than 28,000 Florida students took AP Psychology last school year, the College Board said.

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