Florida rejects 41% math textbooks to include CRT, most intended for K-5 students: ‘Unacceptable’
The Florida Department of Education (DOE) on Friday rejected 41% of math textbooks submitted for use in state public schools, citing complex gender theory and other issues with texts.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron Desantis has pushed for better education standards and practices in the state. Florida called for textbook submissions from publishers in 2021, in line with Descentis’ 2019 Executive Order, aimed at removing common core standards in the state. Rejected textbooks were “unacceptable or prohibited with Florida’s new standards.”
The rejection rate was the highest at 41% History of Florida.
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“It appears that some publishers tried to paint a coat of paint on an old building built on the foundation of a common core, and to try to inspire concepts, such as the need for race, especially for bachelors, for elementary school students,” Descentis said in a statement accompanying him. Was. Advertising. “I am grateful that Commissioner Corcoran and his team at the department have carried out such a thorough inspection to ensure that these textbooks comply with the law.”
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The DOE clarified that each major math course and grade is covered by at least one approved textbook.
The DOE said in the announcement that “the largest number of books were rejected for the K-5 grade level, where an alarming 71 percent did not align properly with Florida standards or included restricted topics and unsolicited strategies.”
“Reasons for rejecting textbooks include critical race theory (CRT), inclusion of general core and unwanted addition of socio-emotional education (SEL) to mathematics.”
The DOE also noted that publishers can appeal their denials.
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The move comes weeks after DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Act, which barred teachers from teaching children between kindergarten and third grade about gender identity or sexual orientation.