Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Local School Boards and School Divisions [8 VAC 20 ‑ 720]
Action Amendments Regarding Use of Controversial or Sensitive Instructional Materials
Comment Period Ended on 1/15/2014
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12/17/13  3:29 pm
Commenter: Laura Currier, teacher and parent

Reject the ammendment

The proposed changes to the existing legislation that governs the use of text in classrooms is placing a large burden on teachers to make subjective judgment on what they deem would be "sensitive material."  If parents are largely concerned at the type of material used in classrooms will be age inappropriate than they should home school their children and let public educators use their professional judgement without having to gain "permission" from every parent regarding what their child will read in their classrooms.  The public has access to curriculum materials/standards/syllabi and can see what their children will be taught.  Teachers use their highly educated professional skills to choose text appropriate for their individual curriculums. Teachers cannot be responsible for what every individual parent may deem sensitive.

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