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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 Ends 1/15/2014
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1/13/14  2:26 pm
Commenter: Trish Apicella, Stafford County Public Schools

Reject This Amendment

I agree with other comments that "sensitivity" to texts is very subjective. It is true that some parents have  objected to items found in adopted text books, while other parents are not concerned by the same content. If we are to adjust our lesson plans and resources/materials to cater to every parent's right to challenge material in school, teachers will be buried under a mountain of additional lesson plans. Parents are important stakeholders in their children's education, so a literacy panel can be set up to discuss materials for use in the classroom by grade level. Many competent school districts have established this already and developed from that a division wide policy. Common sense must prevail here.

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