Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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8/2/22  4:20 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Funding and Feedback

I oppose this amendment on the grounds that it levies an unfunded requirement upon school districts and does not adequately address feedback to teachers, parents and other concerned citizens regarding challenged materials. The amendment will require additional work on the part of educators, administrators and school board members to evaluate educational materials for sexually explicit content, review challenges to materials, and to propose alternatives. As alternative materials are to be provided in a non-punitive manner, the cost will fall to school districts. While the identification of these materials by educators and the notification of parents via electronic or printed means is addressed, the same cannot be said of materials challenged by parents. Teachers, parents and other concerned citizens* need to know what materials are challenged and what alternatives are proposed. There seems to be no provision for these notifications in the amendment. I recommend the amendment be scrapped if funding is not provided. If retained, the amendment needs to close the feedback loop from parents contesting materials to all others concerned. (*Code of Virginia, Title 22.1 Education, Chapter 13.2 Standards of Quality, 22.1-253.13:7. Standard 7. School board policies.)

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