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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1/15/14  12:58 pm
Commenter: VBCPS Secondary English Team (Office of Secondary Teaching and Learning)

Please reject the proposed amendment!

We vehemently disagree with the proposed amendment and uniformly oppose any verbiage that places on our teachers the unnecessary burden of having to censor materials that have already been deemed appropriate for instructional use by our school board. We value our teachers as true professionals and inherently believe that any course materials utilized are chosen because of their worthiness in ensuring that our students receive a rich literary experience in the language arts classroom. This legislation is largely rooted in subjective, ambiguous terms that would open the door for blatant censorship based on personal or moral beliefs. Simply put, evaluating and judging the worthiness of a literary work should not be left up to one individual’s idea of what is appropriate or not.

-Angela A. Boubouheropoulos, Secondary English Instructional Specialist [VBCPS]

-Robin L. Hoffman, Secondary English Coordinator [VBCPS]

-Elizabeth V. Temple, Secondary English Coordinator [VBCPS]





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