College Board Faces Calls for Investigation Amidst Controversy Over AP African American Studies Course

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Emmitt Glynn is seen from just outside his classroom at Baton Rouge Magnet High School teaching his second AP African American studies class on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 in Baton Rouge, La. Baton Rouge Magnet High School in Louisiana is one of 60 schools around the country testing the new course, which has gained national attention since it was banned in Florida. (AP Photo/Stephen Smith)
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The College Board is facing backlash and calls for an independent investigation over its handling of the AP African American Studies course. The controversy began in January when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin sought a review of the program, citing concerns about topics such as Black Queer Studies and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The College Board responded by making changes to the course. But critics accused the company of succumbing to political pressure. Last week, the College Board admitted to making missteps and announced further changes to the class. But that has not quelled the anger against the company.

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is among those calling for an independent review of the College Board’s operations as a nonprofit organization with considerable power.

Dr. David Johns, the executive director of the NBJC, stated that the College Board leaders should have demonstrated more competence and thoughtfulness in the process.

The African American Studies course was piloted in 60 schools in the past academic year and is planning to expand to 800 next year.


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