A Senate resolution seeking changes in the AP history curriculum framework stalled on the last day of the session, another high-profile conservative issue not given a House floor debate.
Unlike the religious freedom bill, though, Senate Resolution 80 made it out of committee in the House but was then withdrawn and recommitted, lost among the crowded House calendar.
A priority of the Senate leadership, SR 80 by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, took aim at the New York-based College Board, which changed its guidelines for teaching advanced placement history courses for high school students seeking college credits. The resolution asked the State Board of Education to demand that the College Board return to its previous framework, which Ligon said took a more balanced view.
SR 80,claims that framework put into effect this school year “reflects a seemingly biased view of American history that overemphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.” Ligon’s resolution received heavy media attention earlier in the session as Georgia joined a national conservative outcry against the College Board framework.
College Board officials and academics opposing the new framework appeared at a well-publicized hearing conducted by the House and Senate education committees. A Georgia teacher spoke in favor of the guidelines, which he said allowed for more in-depth discussion.
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