College Board to Release Updated African American Studies AP Course Plans

College Board will release an updated version of its African American studies Advanced Placement course Feb. 1, The Hill reported. This comes amid Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration blocking initial pilot program plans in Florida high schools.Gov. Ron DeSantisGov. Ron DeSantis

College Board did not attribute the revisions to Florida’s rejection. The updates are instead part of a revision process with feedback from a 60-city pilot program, the organization said in a statement.

“This framework, under development since March 2022, replaces the preliminary pilot course framework under discussion to date,” College Board said.  

But Florida officials claim the move was a response to criticisms from DeSantis, who has said that the course was “indoctrination” and a way to “shoehorn in queer theory” through Black history for political purposes. Florida’s Department of Education has argued that the curriculum was contrary to Florida law and lacked educational value.

The White House has called the course rejection “incomprehensible.”