The Point, June 20, 2023: College Board won't modify AP Psychology curriculum
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• WMFE-Orlando: No psychology, without gender identity and sexuality say Florida mental health providers. "The College Board says it won’t modify its AP Psychology curriculum after the Florida Department of Education asked it to remove all references to gender identity and sexuality."
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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.