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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1/12/14  10:47 am
Commenter: Christopher Cummings

Proposed amendments to regulations governing local schools

I am a parent and a publoished author.  I strongly support requiring schools to notify parents when controversial materials are being presented to children.  It is not the school's place to decide, unilaterally, whether a child is exposed to materials that undermine the parent's efforts to raise a responsible, morally upright and civicly sound young adult.

Parent's should be in a position to excuse their children from exposure to materials that the parent, in his or her conscientious judgment as a parent, determinse to be unfit for the child.

A notification requirement is consistent with the principle that parents and teachers are collaborators in educating out children.

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