FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2023
The Campaign for Our Shared Future Condemns Attacks on AP African American Studies
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF) Executive Director Heather Harding, Ed.D. released the following statement in response to renewed attacks on the Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies course:
“As families and students across the country head back to school, our students are once again caught in the crosshairs of political theater that undermines their ability to learn the true and complete history of our country. The Arkansas Education Department’s decision not to allow AP African American Studies to be taught for credit—the same way other AP courses are—is the latest attack by extremists on the teaching of African American history in our public schools.
“The history of our country and the history of Black Americans is not partisan and is not indoctrination. I applaud the College Board for their promise to continue the important work of educating our students and for refusing to bow to political pressure.”
The Campaign for Our Shared Future (COSF) is a non-partisan effort to support high quality K-12 education and preserve access, inclusion, and meaningful content in our schools so that every student has an opportunity to succeed and thrive. COSF is a common ground effort committed to fighting the attack on education across the country.