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  11:42 pm
Commenter: Ivan Glupij

I support the Board of Education's amendment to the regulation.
From Family Foundation blog: "In one Fairfax County public high school, reading books with graphic depictions of gang rape, molestation, bestiality and violence toward children without notifying parents is normal operating procedure. Laura Murphy, a parent of students at Lake Braddock Secondary School, was outraged when she found out what her son was required to read for his AP English class. Toni Morrison’s book Beloved contains many scenes and references that most would consider inappropriate for a high school class. Ironically, when Murphy attempted to e-mail direct quotes from the book to the Virginia Board of Education, the firewall blocked the e-mail due to its graphic content. Nevertheless, high school students are required to read it." Tells you everything you need to know, really. Well, there is one more thing everyone should know: "...SB 908/HB 1642 (recently passed bills...) gives parents the fundamental right to direct their child’s education." These amendments will make the regulation more compliant with state law.
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