California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday slammed College Board CEO David Coleman as a “puppet of Ron DeSantis” after the Board revised an AP African American studies course by removing much of the content the Republican governor had criticized.
In response to a New York Times report on the College Board stripping down its Advancement Placement Curriculum for African American studies, Newsom mocked Coleman’s comments to The Times that the Board’s decision did not come from the statements of political leaders.
“I call bulls—,” Newsom tweeted. “You are merely a puppet of Ron DeSantis.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the offices of DeSantis and Newsom for comment but did not hear back before publication.
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The official curriculum for the course, released Wednesday by the College Board, downplays some components that had drawn criticism from DeSantis and other conservatives.
The Board, which oversees AP exams, said revisions to the course were substantially complete before DeSantis shared his objections. It called The New York Times report “a gross misrepresentation of the content of the course and the process by which” the AP African American Studies program was developed.
“The fact of the matter is that this landmark course has been shaped over years by the most eminent scholars in the field, not political influence,” the organization said in a written statement.
The revised curriculum will guide the course’s expansion to hundreds of additional high schools in the next academic year. College Board officials said developers consulted with professors from more than 200 colleges, including several historically Black institutions, and took input from teachers piloting the class.
Fox News’ Gabriel Hays and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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