GOP Congressman Clashes With Team DeSantis Over Florida Curriculum

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[Photo Credit: By Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America - Ron DeSantis, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=121859485]

On Wednesday, a dispute reportedly erupted over Florida’s new curriculum about the history of slavery between Republican Florida Rep. Byron Donalds and the governor’s senior advisers.

The curriculum, which was authorized last week, includes lessons on how “slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit,” in accordance with Florida’s 2023 State Academic Standards.

“The new African-American standards in FL are good, robust, & accurate. That being said, the attempt to feature the personal benefits of slavery is wrong & needs to be adjusted. That obviously wasn’t the goal & I have faith that [Florida Department of Education] will correct this.” Donalds said.

DeSantis acknowledged that he wasn’t involved in creating the new criteria but agreed that slaves “eventually parlayed” the talents they acquired into occupations in later life. He made this statement to reporters last Friday.

DeSantis’s closest advisers and representatives rebuked Donalds for his criticism of the standards and Donalds fired back.

The 2023 AP African American history curriculum published by the College Board, which emphasizes that slaves mastered specialized occupations and… utilized these abilities to provide for themselves and others, reflects Florida’s new academic norm addressing slavery.

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