Florida reinstates math textbooks after ‘woke’ content removed

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Florida reinstates math textbooks after 'woke' content removed

Florida education officials have reinstated nine math textbooks after their publishers scrubbed them of “woke” content prohibited by Sunshine State law.

“Publishers are aligning their instructional materials to state standards and removing ‘woke’ content,” read a post on the agency’s website.

Those revisions, officials said, allowed for the use of nine math textbooks that had been initially rejected.

The Department of Education had previously barred the use of 41% of all math textbooks that were proposed for use in the state’s public schools.

Officials said the materials were suffused with content that has been formally banned by Gov. Ron DeSantis — including critical race theory and social emotional learning.

Under pressure to provide examples of the offending content, the Florida DOE previously offered several examples.

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Florida reinstated nine math textbooks rejected for containing “woke” content after it was removed by publishers.
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Officials said the textbooks contained banned educational content in Florida such as Social Emotional Learning and Critical Race Theory.
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One textbook had a lesson entitled “What? Me? Racist?”
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One lesson on polynomials had a portion titled “What? Me? Racist?” the agency said.

Another problem incorporated graphs that measured levels of racial prejudice and was broken down by age and political leaning.

“The Department is continuing to give publishers the opportunity to remediate all deficiencies identified during the review to ensure the broadest selection of high quality instructional materials are available to the school districts and Florida’s students,” the DOE said after issuing the book rejections.

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