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College Board, Florida Education Department spar over AP Psychology

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the law which could remove AP Psychology from Florida schools Associated Press/Photo by Charlie Neibergall

College Board, Florida Education Department spar over AP Psychology

Education non-profit College Board on Thursday suggested that Florida school districts no longer offer its college-level Advanced Placement Psychology unless it can be taught in full. Part of the course discusses gender and sexuality, and the College Board refused to modify it to comply with the state’s Parental Rights in Education Act. The expanded state law protects students from classroom indoctrination on sex and gender issues—a policy critics have called the “Don’t Say Gay” law. The statement comes less than a year after a controversy over Advanced Placement African American Studies in Florida schools.

Will the class be offered this year? The Florida Department of Education’s Course Directory lists the class as available for students. The department told CNN the school year will start in less than two weeks, so they “encourage the College Board to stop playing games” with Florida students and still offer the course. Florida educators said AP Psychology is the fifth most popular AP course in the state.

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report on a legal battle over school curriculum in Wisconsin.

Christina Grube

Christina Grube is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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