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Florida rejects 54 of 132 submitted elementary math books that tried to add in ‘CRT’ and Common Core

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The Florida Department of Education announced Friday it has rejected 54 of 132 submitted textbooks, 41 percent, of the state’s adopted list for mathematics instructional materials. “The approved list followed a thorough review of submissions at the Department, which found 41 percent of the submitted textbooks were impermissible with either Florida’s new standards or contained prohibited topics – the most in Florida’s history.”

Progressives are outraged, calling the DOE under Republican Governor Ron DeSantis censorship. However, they are wrong. The textbooks were for “Florida’s initial adoption list. For mathematics instructional materials” to align with the state’s “Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards.”

The Education Department’s press release identifies that the books were rejected for clear reasons: “Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics.”

Governor Ron DeSantis said of the situation, “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.” Commissioner Corcoran said “we’re going to ensure that Florida has the highest-quality instructional materials aligned to our nationally-recognized standards.”

The press release, titled “Florida Rejects Publishers’ Attempts to Indoctrinate Students” and gives a breakdown of the rejected materials:

•   78 of 132 total submitted textbooks are being included on the state’s adopted list.
•   28 (21 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.
•   12 (9 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they do not properly align to B.E.S.T. Standards.
•   14 (11 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they do not properly align to B.E.S.T. Standards and incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.
•   Grades K-5: 71 percent of materials were rejected.
•   Grades 6-8: 20 percent of materials were rejected.
Grades 9-12: 35 percent of materials were rejected.

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  1. Diana Oshiro

    April 19, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    How do I get a list of the approved instructional materials that Florida has listed?

  2. David M. Lee

    April 19, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    How is math related to CRT? Why would any math book make connections to CRT?

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Biden ‘allies’ concerned with Hollywood lawyer’s ‘aggressive public defense of Hunter Biden’

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Hunter Biden’s Hollywood attorney buddy Kevin Morris is reportedly upsetting President Joe Biden’s “allies” with his very public defense plan for Hunter. Among the defenses is a plan to question the validity of, and story behind, the New York Post’s exclusive 2020 story on Hunter’s laptop found at a Delaware repair shop.

Another issue of concern, according to a New York Times report, is that Morris gave Hunter a loan totaling over $2 million to pay off his tax debts and take care of his living expenses. “It potentially echoes the cash he received while serving on the board of a Ukrainian oligarch’s company and pursuing deals with a Chinese tycoon, the Times said.”

But President Biden’s supporters want his scandalous son to stay out of the public eye and avoid going to trial. Morris’ tactics, however, are making a big splash. For one, he was recently accused of “spying” on filmmakers who are making an independent movie “My Son Hunter.” The movie allegedly paints an unflattering portrait of the Biden family.

The Times said Morris may try to use footage he shot on the movie’s set located in Serbia to try and “undermine” the film and the laptop. Another potential issue for the Bidens is how Morris came to  be in possession of Hunter’s controversial artwork.

Morris is rumored to be an art collector, and according to one source, Morris might have received Hunter’s art as a gift. The Times cited two people familiar with the story.

Everything is exacerbating the scrutiny the White House has already been under, when it comes to Hunter’s scandals. Hunter and Morris met at a fundraiser for then-candidate Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Nonbinary On Birth Certificates

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On Tuesday, Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill banning the use of nonbinary as a gender option on state birth certificates.

The new law, SB 1100, requires all birth certificates in the state to only allow male or female as gender options.

The law says that it “requires the biological sex designation on a birth certificate to be either male or female and prohibits a nonbinary or any symbol representing a nonbinary designation including the letter ‘X’ beginning on the effective date of this act. The measure declares an emergency.”

“People are free to believe whatever they want about their identity, but science has determined people are either biologically male or female at birth,” said Oklahoma Rep. Sheila Dills, the House sponsor of the bill, in a statement. “We want clarity and truth on official state documents. Information should be based on established medical fact and not an ever-changing social dialogue.”

“As the war on common sense continues, we must stand up and put a stop to this nonsense regarding biological sex,” said Michael Bergstrom, R-Adair, the principal author of the bill. “It’s not a complicated issue – biologically, you’re either a male or female. There should be no other option to choose from on a birth certificate. I’m thankful my colleagues in the House of Representatives also saw the need to stand behind science and approve this measure.”

Stitt’s signing of the bill comes after he signed an executive order in November 2021 directing the Oklahoma Health Department to stop issuing or changing birth certificates with nonbinary as a gender option.

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