Georgia Senate Passes Resolution Rejecting ‘Negative’ AP History Exam

The Georgia state senate on Wednesday passed a resolution that denounces the new Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum and calls on the College Board to return to the old version of the course, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The resolution states that if the College Board does not return to the previous version of the course, then Georgia must stop funding any trainings or instructional materials related to the class.

State Sen. William Ligon (R) sponsored the resolution in February, and called the new AP U.S. History course framework “a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”

The Georgia Senate passed the bill 38-17 in a party-line vote, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Since the College Board released the revised course framework for AP U.S. History in 2012, opposition to the new test has grown into a conservative movement. The Republican National Committee denounced the exam in August 2014, and since then, multiple states, including Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, as well as Jefferson County, Colo., have taken action against the new course.

Most recently, an Oklahoma state House committee passed a bill that would have kept the state from funding the AP U.S. History course unless the College Board reverted to the old test. State Rep. Dan Fisher (R) introduced the bill in February, claiming that the course emphasizes “what is bad about America.” After the legislation received national attention and backlash from teachers and students, Fisher said he would “fix” the bill.

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