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FL Rep. Van Zant: Common Core-tied testing firm will make kids as "homosexual" as possible


Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, garnered some attention Monday for a video in which he said Florida's new state tests would promote homosexuality among children.

"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 said of the American Institutes for Research, which won the bid to design the state's new standards-based assessments.

As reported by Politifact, AIR does research on LGBT youth issues. But the non-profit does not promote a gay or lesbian lifestyle.

The Florida Democratic Party wants Gov. Rick Scott to condemn Van Zant's remarks.

"All of Florida’s children have the right to grow up, go to school, and earn an education without fear of being judged for who they are," Chair Allison Tant said. "Anti-gay bullying has no place in the classroom, let alone in the Florida House."


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FDP took too long to condemn the comments for their actions or request to the Governor to have validity...

That said, is he suggesting that anyone failing the test is not homosexual, or those getting anthing but a 0% or 100% on the test are bi-sexual?

R. Berthaut

Holy Donald Sterling! Another case of senile dementia!

Harold Monoginslogin

Van Zant is an ultra right-wing nut job!! An embarrassment to people in his District and to Florida Republican Party. He is a self-proclaimed minister with no educational background!! What a homophobic!! Some have said he is a homosexual still in the closet!!

Thomas D. Walls

The headline should read "Fla. Rep." not "FL Rep."

You guys should have a copy of the AP Stylebook on file.

You're welcome.


He needs to resign since he is representing his entire state to include all types of people, what a idiot!

Roger Brown

Please tell this old, white guy Republican two things:
1. STFU and retire!
2. Kids can be coerced into being gay? When did you choose to be a heterosexual? You didn't it's not a choice. It's embedded in your genes. Deal with it. And as in #1 STFU.

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