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Florida lawmaker claims test-maker AIR promotes homosexuality for children

Florida continues to move ahead with its own slightly revised version of the Common Core state standards, and its own standards-based tests created by the American Institutes for Research.

Clay County Republican state Rep. Charles Van Zant is none too pleased.

In a speech at an anti-Common Core event, unearthed by Think Progress, Van Zant attacks AIR as promoting a homosexual lifestyle for children and urges attendees to push for its removal.

"These people that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida unless this is stopped will promote double mindedness in state education, and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can," Van Zant, who so far in unopposed in his reelection bid, told the group. "I'm sorry to report that to you."

See video below.

In the past, Politifact Florida has looked into similar criticisms and found that, while AIR does conduct research on LGBT youth issues, it does not promote or advocate a gay lifestyle for children. The Florida Department of Education has taken no steps to walk away from AIR as a test provider.

[Last modified: Monday, May 19, 2014 3:29pm]


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