REPORT: Florida rejects 41% of math textbooks, citing CRT among its reasons

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The Florida Department of Education (DOE) rejected 41% of mathematics textbooks submitted for use in public schools on Friday, citing critical race theory and other concerns.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has led a movement to change the state’s education standards and methods. By a 2019 executive order from DeSantis aimed at abolishing Common Core requirements in Florida, the state requested textbook submissions in 2021. They “were impermissible with either Florida’s new standards or contained prohibited topics.”

Many of the 132 math textbooks submitted to the state were rejected because they included components of Critical Race Theory, Common Core, or Social-Emotional Learning.

Governor DeSantis signed an Executive Order in 2019 to “remove Common Core, implement world-class education standards, and improve the quality of instructional materials,” according to the release.

“This textbook acceptance is yet another crucial step in Florida’s commitment to high-quality, lawful, and world-class learning,” the statement continued.

DeSantis said in a statement following the announcement, “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.”

“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.” He continued.

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) mandated that instructional materials be linked with the state’s new “B.E.S.T. Standards” by 2021.