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Florida rejects social studies textbooks mentioning social justice

Washington, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Florida rejected nearly 35% of social studies textbooks submitted by publishers for approval, including those that referenced social justice and other information that was not aligned with Florida Law, the state’s Department of Education announced Tuesday.

In one of the cases, references to the murder of African-American George Floyd, who was choked to death by a Minnesota police officer in 2020, and to the anti-racism movement Black Lives Matter were also removed, according to a Public Broadcasting Service article.

It added that both socialism and communism descriptions were also changed.

The list of rejected teaching aids included books on U.S. history, the Holocaust, psychology and many more.

Although local authorities claimed these books did not meet state-mandated standards, they did not specifically clear up why they were rejected.

This is not the first time the Gov. Ron DeSantis administration, who in the past has lashed out what he called “woke indoctrination” in schools, has intervened in curriculum issues in elementary and secondary schooling, the source said.

In 2022, state education officials strongly rejected 54 math textbooks, saying some of them included issues like critical race theory or did not meet current standards.

Earlier this year, Gov. DeSantis rejected a new Advanced Placement African-American studies course, with a spokesman stating on the matter that the class had a “political agenda.”


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