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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1/14/14  12:56 pm
Commenter: Maryann Germaine

Statewide Opt Out & Alternative Choices are all that is needed

Yes to assuring statewide consistency among school divisions for opt-out and alternative choices for objectionable materials.

NO to the vague language that makes teachers (instead of parents and students) responsible for determining what might be "sensitive" and objectionable to a given family.

As long as opt out/alternative choices are recognized and publicized in every VA school system, individual concerns are best addressed by students and parents together with the teachers.  Teachers provide curriculum & assigned titles online; students and parents already have the responsibility to use this information to make informed family decisions.

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