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The College Board laughably pretends not to have understood what Florida was getting at. How could Florida have influenced APAAS’s curriculum revisions when Florida couldn’t even make its own concerns clear? Come on. Toward the end of that letter, the College Board actually makes fun of Florida for acting as though it needs to explain the controversy over terms such as “intersectionality” and “systemic” racism. The idea that you have to explain this controversy to us is ridiculous, says the College Board. Exactly. It needed no detailed roadmap to curriculum revision from FDOE. The College Board played dumb with Florida for months because it understood perfectly well that FDOE would never approve APAAS if it knew what was actually in it...The College Board backtracked in February, not because it didn’t understand Florida concerns, but because it understood them all too well.
The College Board could have publicly released every single version of the pilot APAAS curriculum in real time. Instead, it suppressed information and squelched public-records requests with the absurd claim that it was protecting “trade secrets” — although the College Board has no competition. The College Board cleverly It was trying to avoid a rerun of the 2014 controversy over the leftist AP U.S. History curriculum, by keeping the new curriculum a secret. Once it became evident that Florida would not be fooled, the College Board backtracked.
Click through and read why Kurtz has concluded that the real timeline of events supports his belief that "the [board's] February revision was very evidently a response to Florida’s decision on September 23 to reject the course, and very possibly a response as well to my September 12 public exposure of the curriculum. Once the College Board saw that states couldn’t be tricked into approving the course prior to a national debate over the curriculum, it knew it would have to reduce the course’s radicalism or resort to backdoor strategies."
I cannot say with certainty whether the board was acting in this deliberately manipulative way, rooted in bad faith and an ideological agenda. It's clear that they have been bothered by the anger directed at them by the professional and activist Left in recent days, channeling that frustration into assailing Florida with all sorts of accusations. It looks like both 'sides' in this are now crying bad faith. The College Board has updated its claims and timeline; Florida's Department of Education has already put out its own extensive chronology on this matter, pieces of which the College Board claims are inaccurate or misleading.
If the College Board's new explanation is entirely truthful, they'd be owed an apology. But my suspicion is that this salvo is at least partially tendentious and self-serving, at best. Gov. DeSantis was asked a question about this latest twist in the AP/CRT saga at an event on state policies combating 'ESG' banking on Monday. Here's his response (starting around the 24-minute mark of this longer video):