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The Florida Department of Education announced on Friday that after a recent review, 41% of proposed K-12 mathematics books intended for use during the 2022-2023 public school year did not meet state academic standards due to their apparent inclusion of Critical Race Theory principles and other controversial approaches to education.

“Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics,” Florida’s Department of Education said in a statement.

“The highest number of books rejected were for grade levels K-5, where an alarming 71 percent were not appropriately aligned with Florida standards or included prohibited topics and unsolicited strategies,” Florida’s D.O.E. added.

“It seems that some publishers attempted to slap a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundation of Common Core, and indoctrinating concepts like race essentialism, especially, bizarrely, for elementary school students,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said in a statement.

In January 2020, The Daily Wire reported that “DeSantis announced new academic standards for the state, shoving out the Common Core standards that had been implemented in the state in 2010, just one year after he started pushing for jettisoning those standards.”

The new standards were titled, “Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking,” or “B.E.S.T.” According to the press release sent out Friday, Florida’s government had been straightforward in the instructions given to textbook publishers during the 2021 submittal process for the 2022-2023 school year, the first year “B.E.S.T” would be put into place:

In fact, FDOE proactively informed publishers in June 2021 that textbooks must align to the B.E.S.T. Standards, state laws regarding required instruction, and that they should not incorporate unsolicited strategies such as SEL in their instructional materials.

“We’re going to ensure that Florida has the highest-quality instructional materials aligned to our nationally-recognized standards,” Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said in a statement.

“When it comes to education, other states continue to follow Florida’s lead as we continue to reinforce parents’ rights by focusing on providing their children with a world-class education without the fear of indoctrination or exposure to dangerous and divisive concepts in our classrooms,” Corcoran added.

DeSantis has long been an opponent of Critical Race Theory in classes. In June 2021, the governor called it “poison,” while adding that Florida was “happy to have banned it.”

While SEL has been around for decades, in recent years, many believe it has transformed into a vehicle for pushing many of the same principles of Critical Race Theory, such as the concept of equity, privilege, and systemic racism.

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social Emotional Learning, equity goes hand-in-hand with SEL:

While SEL alone will not solve longstanding and deep-seated inequities in the education system, it can help schools promote understanding, examine biases, reflect on and address the impact of racism, build cross-cultural relationships, and cultivate adult and student practices that close opportunity gaps and create a more inclusive school community. In doing so, schools can promote high-quality educational opportunities and outcomes for all students, irrespective of race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, and other differences.

All of those principles, if included in Florida curriculums, could potentially run afoul of several Florida laws designed to protect students from those kinds of concepts that could potentially be viewed as progressive indoctrination as outlined under Flordia’s B.E.S.T. standards.

In total, 54 books out of 132 proposed books were rejected for K-12 classes. Publishers do have an option to appeal the state’s decision.

“I’m grateful that Commissioner Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law,” DeSantis added in a press release.

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  • OHconservative says:

    I’m all for keeping the content of CRT out of schools, especially in math, engineering, chemistry, physics, etc. However I wish reports like this would include actual content of the books so I could see for myself. Not having access to K-12 textbooks, I have a hard time accepting the reports without more content.

  • Patricia Ann Ingram says:

    I am so proud to have DeSantis as our Governor! I feel certain he will put his hat in the ring for President, and he would make a great one; however, Florida will never find another man willing to take on the world to save our State as he has. Thank You Governor DeSantis and May God Bless you!!!

  • Paul Otts says:

    Seriously, what kind of stupidity is a math book that expounds CRT

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    ‘The View’ Announces New Permanent Conservative Co-Host

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    Multiple People Dead After Vehicle Plows Into Fireworks Stand in ‘Major Crash’

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    Two people in Washington, D.C. are dead after a pickup truck crashed into a firework stand on Saturday.

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    Trump May Make 2024 Presidential Announcement This Month

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    Former President Donald Trump has apparently made the decision that he will campaign again for the presidency and the announcement could be coming quicker than even his own team was prepared for.

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    President Joe Biden announced Friday that soccer star and Left-wing political activist Megan Rapinoe, who famously took a knee during the playing of our national anthem, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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    AIR SHOW DISASTER: Jet-Fueled Truck Racing Planes Up to 300 Mph Bursts Into Flames, Killing 1 Person

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    One person is reported dead at a Michigan air show after a “jet truck” exploded into flames on Saturday afternoon.

    The Shockwave Jet Truck was racing two planes at speeds up to 300 miles per hour before exploding into flames as onlookers watched, according to WXMI-TV.

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    WATCH: American Actor Stricken With Monkeypox Goes Public: ‘This S*** Sucks’

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    A gay actor has become the first American monkeypox victim to go public, writing about his terrifying experience with the virus that causes painful lesions all over the body.

    Matt Ford, who stars in an upcoming thriller called “Beauty Marc,” wrote about his experience in a first-person article for BuzzFeed, where he previously worked on the video team. He said he learned he got the dreaded virus when a friend in Los Angeles, with whom he’d had unspecified skin-on-skin contact, reached out to him.

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    “As of now, it seems to be primarily affecting queer men, but it can easily spread to anyone,” Ford said.

    In addition to “really f***ing painful” lesions, Ford described symptoms that include fever, chills, a cough, sore throat, and flu-like aches.

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    “I’m a proud openly gay man, and I split my time between Los Angeles and New York,” he wrote. “I decided last week to speak out about my case on social media to hopefully curb more infections ahead of New York Pride.”

    Ford says he seems to be getting better – slowly.

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    Burger King Employee Who Didn’t Miss a Day for 27 Years Gets $300K in Donations

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    A Las Vegas Burger King employee who has been with the company for 27 years without ever taking a day off went viral after his managers gave him a mediocre gift for his service — and now close to $300,000 has been raised for him.

    Kevin Ford, 54, has toiled as a cashier and cook at the chain’s McCarran International Airport location since 1995 and when his 27th anniversary came along, his bosses gifted him a backpack stuffed with a movie ticket, a Starbucks cup, candy and chocolate, FOX 11 reported.

    Video of him accepting the gift and thanking his coworkers soon went viral but many people who saw the clip were shocked he’d be given such a paltry thank you present following his years of loyalty with the company.

    His daughters soon set up a GoFundMe page for their dad, seeking to raise about $200, but nearly $300,000 in donations have come in and the number keeps rising.

    “The man in that video is my father. He has worked at his job for 27 years and yes, he has never missed a day of work,” Ford’s daughter Seryna wrote on the fundraiser.

    “He originally began working at this job as a single father when he gained custody of me and my older sister 27 years ago. Then as our family grew and he remarried, he continued to work there because of the amazing health insurance that was provided.”

    Seryna wrote the family was in “no way” asking for money “but if anyone feels like blessing him he would love to visit his grandchildren.”

    @thekeep777 He’s Worked for the Company for Almost 3 Decades and Has Never Called Out!!!😵‍💫🥺😱😭 #Grateful #Dads #FathersDay #Loyalty #Honor #WorkersUnite #Rewards #Thankful #NorrinRadd777 #theKeep777 ♬ Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos) – Calvin Harris

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    “I haven’t seen my grandkids in over four years, until the other day when ‘The Today Show’ flew me out to New York and I got to see them live on TV,” Ford told the outlet.

    “I’ve been crying for all these days as it is and of course I’m crying live on TV again seeing my grandbabies.”

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    “You never know, it’s day to day but I haven’t thought of anything to do with that money except to visit my grandkids for a while and maybe put some up for their college, but I’m not even thinking about that,” he told the outlet.

    “I’m just working.”

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