Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker told the College Board on Wednesday that he would not approve a proposed AP African American Studies course if it revised its syllabus to address any concerns from Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The Florida Department of Education (DOE) rejected a proposal to include AP African American Studies in public high schools because of concern that the course’s framework, which included tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT), intersectionality and queer theory, violated state law. Pritzker, however, warned the College Board, which created the advanced placement classes, that he would not approve the course if it made changes to comply with Florida’s standards, according to his Wednesday letter.“I urge you to maintain your reputation as an academic institution dedicated to the advancement of students and refuse to bow to political pressure that would ask you to rewrite our nation’s true, if sometimes unpleasant, history,” Pritzker wrote in a letter to the College Board. “One Governor should not have the power to dictate the facts of U.S. history. In Illinois, we reject any curriculum modifications designed to appease extremists like the Florida Governor and his allies.”