Oklahoma lawmaker seeks to do away with AP history courses, says they emphasize ‘what is bad about America’

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Last year, Oklahoma lawmakers were able to repeal Common Core.  Now, some of those same lawmakers are targeting Advanced Placement courses.

The measure, House Bill 1380, is working its way through the Capitol.  If passed, it would bar the use of state funds for AP U.S. history courses.

The proposal asks the State Department of Education to find a new U.S. history program in lieu of the AP U.S. history course.

AP classes are a nationally recognized series of courses that allow high school students the opportunity to earn college credit.

The classes are not required for graduation, and schools are not required to offer them.

Lawmakers argue that AP courses are similar to Common Core and that they violate legislation since Common Core was repealed last year.

According to the Tulsa World, the author of the bill, Representative Dan Fisher, says AP U.S. history courses emphasize “what is bad about America.”

However, members of the College Board say that statement is untrue.

Members of the College Board say AP U.S. history courses are intended for students who are capable of university-level work.

If this measure passes, all AP courses could be under scrutiny.

Click here to read more on the legality of teaching Advanced Placement courses.


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