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DeSantis supports the elimination of math books that reference CRT and “emotions”

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FILE – In this April 30, 2021, file photo (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

The Florida Department of Education rejected 54 math textbooks for its K-12 students that didn’t add up to the state’s teaching standards.

The rejected books make up a record 41% of the 132 books submitted for review, the Florida Department of Education said in a statement.

Of them, 28 were rejected because they “incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including [critical race theory],” the statement said.

“Today, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran approved Florida’s initial adoption list for mathematics instructional materials properly aligned to Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards. The approved list followed a thorough review of submissions at the Department, which found 41 percent of the submitted textbooks were impermissible with either Florida’s new standards or contained prohibited topics – the most in Florida’s history. 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. 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. Despite rejecting 41 percent of materials submitted, every core mathematics course and grade is covered with at least one textbook.”

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Governor DeSantis supports the Florida Department of Education’s recent rejection of 41 percent of math textbooks due to Critical Race Theory and Social Emotional Learning references.
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Governor Ron DeSantis said yesterday that math is about getting the right answer, not how you feel about the problem.

The names of the rejected books were not included and many Florida Democrats voiced their opposition to the move on Twitter.