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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1/13/14  11:47 am
Commenter: Angela Kennedy

Geeze! These type of shenanigans make me consider homeschooling!

I support the Board of Education's amendment to the regulation.  With as much quality classical literature out there, I cannot believe that Fairfax county is assigning books with salacious content.  I wholeheartedly support the amendment to provide advance parental notification and opt out options for children assigned to read salacious books. 

From what I understand, someone's teenage son was required by his Fairfax County public school AP English teacher to read a book with graphic depictions of gang rape, molestation, bestiality, and violence towards children. THIS IS EXTREMELY UPSETTING TO HEAR, as currently I only have young children, and I cannot believe that the parent was not notified to consent to the assigment, but more importantly, that the teacher could not have found something that was appropriate for a MINOR to read.  FAIRFAX COUNTY, WAKE UP!  YOUR REPUTATION AS A STELLAR PLACE TO MOVE TO BECAUSE OF YOUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE SEVERELY DAMAGED IF YOU DO NOT PASS THIS AMMENDMENT!!!

I will be following this issue closely.  And I never miss an election.

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