Florida’s education department has rejected 54 mathematics textbooks from next year’s school curriculum, pointing to alleged references to critical race theory among a range of reasoning for some of the rejections, officials announced.
The department said in a news release Friday that some of the books had been rejected for failure to comply with the state’s content standards, Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking [Best], but that 21% of the books were disallowed “because they incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.”
Department officials disapproved an additional 11 books “because they do not properly align to Best Standards and incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.”
Florida Governor Ron De Santis, who is up for re-election this fall, backed the decision.
“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,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Corcoran said in a statement that Florida had become “a national leader in education” under DeSantis. “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,” he said.
Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani blasted GOP state government leaders regarding the move. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Florida Republican leaders are preparing to ban Algebra from high schools,” she tweeted. “They object to the subliminal use of [brackets] as an indoctrination to the concept of inclusion, they don’t like the equal sign, and they hate solving problems!”