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Fla. lawmaker ties tests to homosexuality

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 9:21 p.m.

MILTON, Fla. — Florida's education commissioner on Tuesday denied an assertion by a state lawmaker that a standardized testing organization aims to make public school students homosexual.

American Institutes for Research is administering new statewide tests for students in Florida. The testing aligns with the nationwide Common Core standards that some states have accepted and others rejected.

Republican Rep. Charles Van Zant of Keystone Heights has said the testing company has a pro-homosexual agenda because it has done research on lesbian and gay issues. Speaking at an education conference in Orlando, Van Zant said the testing program would “attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can.”

Van Zant made the comments in March, but a video of his remarks just surfaced.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said the testing firm does research for many clients and work for one does not influence its work for another.

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