These are the math books that Florida officials claim to ‘indoctrinate’ students

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – Three days after the Florida Department of Education issued a press release proclaiming “Florida Rejects Publishers’ Attempts to Indoctrinate Students,” the state agency released a list of 54 math books which she rejected for classroom use.

Although education officials say some of the textbooks were rejected because they contained references to “banned” topics such as critical race theory, state officials did not immediately provide of documents detailing specifically why each of the 54 math books was banned.

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According to Governor Ron DeSantis, some of the textbooks were rejected because they did not meet current state educational standards.

“We got rid of Common Core,” DeSantis said. “We have the BEST standards, which is a better way to do a lot of things, but especially math. One of the criticisms was that their parents couldn’t help with math homework.

But 26 of the rejected math books included “special topics,” according to the list of books that weren’t recommended for teaching K-12 math.

According to a rubric used by reviewers to rate math books, these “special topics” include critical race theory, culturally responsive teaching, social justice, and social-emotional learning.

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“We don’t want things like math to have some of these other concepts introduced,” DeSantis said. “It hasn’t been proven to be effective, and quite frankly it takes our eyes off it.”

Approximately every five years, a team of three reviewers is appointed by the Florida Commissioner of Education to evaluate newly published textbooks in a particular subject area.

Parents and other citizens can see how reviewers rated approved textbooks by logging into the state’s online rating portal.

However, detailed ratings of textbooks that have not been state-approved, including the 54 recently rejected math books, do not appear on the online portal.

News 6 submitted a public records request to the Florida Department of Education on Monday seeking detailed ratings of the 54 rejected math books. State officials have yet to produce these records. You can see the list below.

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