CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida state representative is getting national attention after he said Florida’s new Common Core tests would promote homosexuality among children, according to WPTV.
“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,” said Rep. Charles E. Van Zant.
Van Zant is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 19th District. He made the controversial comments at the Operation Education Conference in Orlando back in March.
American Institutes for Research was selected by state officials to write a statewide test to replace the FCAT.
American Institutes for Research spokesman Larry McQuillan spoke to The Florida Times-Union and refuted Van Zant’s statement, stating the nonprofit organization “will put in the test what the state wants in the test.”