February 15, 2023

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday that his administration is expanding Advanced Placement African American Studies courses next year from one school to 26 in New Jersey after Ron DeSantis blocked the course from public schools in Florida. Via NBC News:

Murphy’s move comes about a month after the administration of DeSantis, a potential presidential candidate, declared without citing any evidence that the course violates state law and isn’t historically accurate.

Murphy cited Florida as he prepared to unveil the course expansion Tuesday during a visit to a Newark high school, saying DeSantis is prioritizing “political culture wars” over academics.

“New Jersey will proudly teach our kids that Black History is American History,” Murphy said in a statement. “While the DeSantis Administration stated that AP African American Studies ‘significantly lacks educational value’, New Jersey will stand on the side of teaching our full history.”

If I could afford to live in NJ, I wouldn't mind at all. They not only have a progressive Democratic administration, they have great schools and a lot of good laws on the books. Yes, taxes are higher than Florida's, but unlike Florida, you get decent services.

Unlike Florida.

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