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Charlie Crist Files Sunshine Law Request to Force DeSantis to Come Clean on Math Textbook Ban

ST. PETERSBURG  Today, Charlie Crist, candidate for governor, sent a Sunshine Law request to the DeSantis Administration demanding that the Administration come clean about its stunning decision to ban dozens of mathematics textbooks — a clear partisan political move designed to further divide Floridians.

Charlie is specifically requesting the exact passages and criteria that resulted in dozens of textbooks being rejected by the Department of Education.

“Florida parents deserve transparency about their kids’ education,” said Charlie Crist. “The people of Florida deserve to know why Florida’s students cannot continue using the mathematics textbooks they’ve been using, in some cases for years.”

In a press release on April 15th, 2022, the Department of Education announced that Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran had rejected 71% percent of mathematics materials for Grades K-5, 20% of materials for Grades 6-8, and 35% of materials for Grades 9-12.

The press release stated that 41 percent of the submitted textbooks were “impermissible with either Florida’s new standards or contained prohibited topics.” According to the press release “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.

A PDF of the letter can be found here, with text appearing below:

April 19th, 2022

Florida Department of Education
Attn.: Public Records
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1544
Tallahassee, FL 32399

To Whom It May Concern:

In a press release on April 15th, 2022, the Department of Education announced that Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran had approved Florida’s initial adoption list for mathematics instructional materials.

However, the press release stated that 41 percent of the submitted textbooks were “impermissible with either Florida’s new standards or contained prohibited topics.” According to the press release “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.”

The press release further details that 71% percent of materials were rejected for Grades K-5, 20% for Grades 6-8, and 35% of materials for Grades 9-12. The people of Florida deserve to know why Florida’s students cannot continue using the mathematics textbooks with which they have been learning for years.

Pursuant to the Public Records Act, Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes, I am requesting the specific passages and criteria that resulted in the following textbooks being rejected by the Department:

  • The 28 mathematics textbooks that are not included on the adopted list because they incorporate “prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.”

  • The 14 mathematics textbooks that 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.”

I am also requesting any and all documents pertaining to the overall review process for textbooks under Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards.

Finally, I am requesting all communication between the Department of Education and the Governor’s office related to the rejected textbooks.

Should you deny my request, or any part of the request, please state in writing the basis for the denial, including the exact statutory citation authorizing the denial as required by s. 119.07(1)(d), F.S.

Sincerely,

Charlie Crist

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