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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12/21/13  5:50 pm
Commenter: Karen Bristow, Teacher/Library Media Graduate Student

Where is the "sensitive" book section?

When you enter a bookstore, you do not find a "sensitive" books section, but rather themes/topics such as mystery, fiction, children's.  What will happen in school libraries if this amendment is passed?  Will books that are considered "sensitive" be separated from the rest?  How will books be determined as "sensitive"?  Just because there may be a profanity used in a book, sex, drugs, abuse, or bullying does that make the entire book "sensitive"?  Many of these may be used in award-winning books-will those be required to have a warning?  This amendment would restrict students' right to select their own books which is censorship.  Instead of deciding what books are "sensitive", please give students and their parents the right to choose the materials they would like to read.  Thank you! 

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