A video has gone viral in which Representative Charles Van Zant of Keystone Heights, Florida remarks that the American Institutes for Research will "turn children gay." Back in March, the AIR was selected by the Florida Department of Education Commissioner to create new and improved assessment tests for schools. The goal was to improve Florida Standards, but Van Zant argued that the replacement initiative, Common Core, would "turn children gay."
A spokesperson for AIR says that the research the company conducts is inclusive of all students--AIR does not promote the gay or lesbian "lifestyle", but instead enables teachers to discuss the social issues of today's increasingly progressive society. Additionally, Florida's newly appointed education commissioner, Pam Stewart, rejected Van Zant's claim that the standardized testing company has a "pro-homosexual agenda."
However, Van Zant stood by his comments during an interview this past Tuesday. In a video of the interview, he says that if you go on AIR's web site, you will see that they have an " LGBT agenda," and insists that the Core Curriculum is not what is best for Florida schools. Members of Van Zant's district are currently divided regarding what information should be introduced in school. Watch a video of Van Zan't original testimony here: