Why a Black history class was banned in Florida schools

Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Stop WOKE Act, and the fight over race and education

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Can Black history be taught in Florida? State officials say yes — but they have also put a stop to a new Advanced Placement high school class on the topic, saying it violates a state prohibition on the use of "critical race theory" concepts in Sunshine State classrooms. The class "is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value," the Florida Department of Education said in an unsigned letter. But critics like state Sen. Shevrin Jones say measures like the "Stop WOKE Act" discourage an honest discussion of America's racial history and are creating "an entire generation of Black children who won't be able to see themselves reflected at all within their own education or in their own state." What does Florida law say about teaching the Black experience in America? And what does it mean beyond Florida? Here's everything you need to know:

What does the Florida law actually say?

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