By Bryan Boggiano
The Coral Springs city commission will vote on a resolution that would urge Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education to rescind the state’s rejection of the inclusion of the original version of Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies.
It would also urge the governor not to reject any other AP courses in the Florida course code directory and instructional personnel assignments.
The commission will discuss and vote on the matter at their March 1 meeting at city hall, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The College Board, which administers AP courses, AP exams, and SAT exams, gives high school students the opportunity to earn college credits. College educators create the courses to prepare students for college-level coursework, according to the resolution.
In order for courses to have AP designations, the College Board audits them to make sure they satisfy certain curriculum requirements, the resolution states.
However, on Jan. 12, the state wrote a letter to the College Board stating AP African American Studies is “inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly and lacks educational value.”
The course’s rejection came after the governor signed the Stop WOKE Act and Parental Rights in Education Act into law in 2022, which limits classroom discussions on race, gender, and sexuality.
College Board eventually revised the course to fit the state’s education standards.
Despite the revisions, Gov. DeSantis floated the idea of Florida reevaluating its ties with College Board or cutting AP classes.
The commission discussed the matters at their Feb. 22 commission workshop. Commissioner Nancy Metayer Bowen discussed crafting the resolution and bringing it to a vote. Commissioners previously discussed the matter at their Feb. 1 meeting.
If Coral Springs passes the resolution, clerk Georgia Elliott will transmit a copy of the condemnation to Gov. DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education.
The city follows Lauderhill and Miramar, which passed resolutions condemning the state’s actions surrounding AP African American Studies on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, respectively. The Parkland City Commission will also consider a similar resolution at their March 1 meeting.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.
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