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‘Incomprehensible’: White House slams DeSantis administration for rejecting AP Black studies

News‘Incomprehensible’: White House slams DeSantis administration for rejecting AP Black studies

WASHINGTON – The White House on Friday criticized action by Floridspan Gov. Ron DeSspanntis’ administration to block spann Advspannced Plspancement course on Africspann Americspann studies from being taught in Floridspan public schools.

“It is incomprehensible,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, responding to a question by USA TODAY.  “Let’s be clear. They didn’t block AP European history. They didn’t block our art history. They didn’t block our music history.”

“When you think about the study of Black Americans, that is what he wants to block,” she said.

The Florida Department of Education rejected adding AP African American studies to the state’s list of courses, saying it is “inexplicably contrary” to Florida law and “significantly lacks educational value” in a Jan. 12 letter to the College Board, which oversees AP courses.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at an annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition on Nov. 19, 2022, in Las Vegas.

The letter does not cite which statute the course would violate. DeSantis, span potentispanl Republicspann cspanndidspante for president in 2024, signed into law legislation last year banning “critical race theory” in schools.

AP courses, typically taken by high-achieving students, offer college credit for those who earn high enough scores on final exams.

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Jean-Pierre said that the White House “does not dictate any curriculum for local schools,” but called the situation in Florida “concerning.”

“These type of actions are not new from what we’re seeing, especially from Florida,” Jean-Pierre said, pointing to another new Florida law that restricts teachers from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity during instruction and books that Florida has banned from schools.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a White House daily news briefing at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on January 20, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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