The Tampa Bay Times reports:
Taken aback by Florida’s attacks against its new AP African American studies course, the College Board late Saturday denounced the state Department of Education, saying it used the course to advance a politically motivated agenda.
The organization’s letter, published at 8 p.m. Saturday, came just two days after it released another statement that did not take such a harsh tone as it pushed back against the department’s claims that portions of the course are “historically fictional.”
“There continue to be conversations and misinformation, and we felt the urgency to set the record straight and not wait another day to do so,” a College Board spokesperson said. “The vitriol aimed at these scholars is repulsive and must stop,” the group wrote.
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The College Board says it received a Florida rejection letter in September that it didn’t publicize. In the letter, Florida education officials misspelled the word “African” and made no effort to explain the rejection of the AP Black history course https://t.co/Dw9GeZPS3S
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) February 12, 2023
The College Board stated in its latest letter that it regrets not having denounced the Florida Department of Education’s “slander” that the course “lacks educational value.” The failure to speak up “betrayed Black scholars everywhere,” College Board wrote. https://t.co/sGtRvktjDm
— Ana Ceballos (@anaceballos_) February 12, 2023
The College Board said it made a mistake in treating the department with the courtesy it usually gives to education agencies, “but they have instead exploited this courtesy for their political agenda.” @JeffSolochek https://t.co/9HVQOlckBl
— Florida Freedom to Read Project (@FLFreedomRead) February 12, 2023