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“My sister called me as soon as she found out Psych had been banned,” Goodspeed said. “She’s still worried about what banning curriculum at the highschool level means for colleges.”

Seven days before Florida public schools started the 2023-2024 school year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) made the decision to rule out the teaching of College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology course in its entirety, only to reverse the decision 24 hours later.

The FDOE did not initially ban the course outright, rather stating that Florida Schools would simply omit all material that mentioned gender or sexuality as it did not comply with Florida House Bill 1557 (2022) . However, a statement put out by College Board said that without the full class content being taught, the class would not be a qualifier of the “AP” title. In response, the DOE initiated a ban on the class, deeming its reconstruction un-beneficial within schools.

 “It was very stressful, I was concerned that my students wouldn’t have the opportunity to explore the content,” AP Psych teacher Kimberly Vandyck said. “Learning about human behavior and the mind is so important at this age, it helps them better understand themselves.”

When news broke on the discontinuation of the course, counselors, teachers and students alike went into pandemonium. Removing a class once schedules are set would lead to holes in schedules, larger class sizes and teachers left without students. As the schools continued to grapple with the sudden change, a quick solution was enacted. 

 “They put us in AP Seminar but it was really ‘psych’ without the name,” sophomore Annabel Goodspeed said. “I wanted to do the Capstone program my junior year and taking Seminar early would have ruined that for me.” 

The panic very quickly came to an end as the very next day the DOE put out a second press release which gave schools anofficial never-mind’ on the AP Psych decision, re-allowing its full content as it was originally intended. However, the day-long chaos the decision caused calls the job stability of Florida teachers into question as educational legislation continues to be passed. 

“I’m glad the DOE has clarified their position that AP Psych can be taught in its entirety,” AP Psychology teacher and exam grader Dr. Shawna Resnick said. “It’s an important class and I’m glad our students won’t be deprived of the opportunity.” 

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Madalyn Propst, Multi-Media Editor
Madalyn Propst is a senior, and the multimedia editor for 2023-2024, she is heavily involved in the school's chorus, and the Florida Democratic Party. She plans on double majoring in political and computer science in the fall.
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Ruby Ferrell is a first year staff member and a reporter for the Brantley Banner. She is a member of the yearbook and newspaper staffs and is interested in creative writing and photography. She has been involved with multiple clubs throughout her time at Lake Brantley. In her free time she loves creative writing, reading and listening to music.
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