Florida wants its strict race and gender law to influence how an AP class on Black history is taught nationwide

Republican gubernatorial candidate for Florida Ron DeSantis speaks during an election night watch party at the Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on November 8, 2022.
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  • The College Board announced Tuesday that it would be reworking its AP African American Studies course.

  • Florida's education department said it "expects" the College Board to change the course nationwide to reflect Florida's law.

  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis previously blocked the course from being offered for imposing "a political agenda."

Florida is hoping its strict law regulating how race, gender, and sexuality are taught in school will soon be applied to students nationwide as the College Board revamps its African American studies class that the state vocally rejected.

The Florida Department of Education said Tuesday it expected the removal of so-called "critical race theory" and "queer studies" content from the College Board's updated AP African American Studies course.

"AP courses are standardized nationwide, and as a result of Florida's strong stance against identity politics and indoctrination, students across the country will consequentially have access to an historically accurate, unbiased course," Director of Communications for the Florida Department of Education Alex Lanfranconi said in a statement.

The course was previously blocked from being taught in Florida high schools by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis said in a press conference Monday that the course imposed "a political agenda" with its content on queer theory and prison abolition.

"This is a course on black history—what's one of the lessons about? Queer theory. Now, who would say that an important part of black history is queer theory? That is somebody pushing an agenda on our kids," DeSantis said.

Florida's legislature passed regulations that limit how topics like queer identity, sexual orientation, and racism are mentioned in schools.

College Board did not respond to Insider's request for comment on whether or not the upcoming changes to the course were a direct result of DeSantis and Florida's public rejection of the class.

Lanfranconi said in a statement: "We look forward to reviewing the College Board's changes and expect the removal of content on Critical Race Theory, Black Queer Studies, Intersectionality, and other topics that violate our laws."

The AP African American Studies course will be offered nationwide and was previously piloted at 60 high schools.

The course's new framework will be released on February 1.

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