SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 164
September 3, 1999
||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||Implementation of the Code of Virginia, Title 22, Chapter 13:
Article 1, Section 22.1-201
During the 1999 session of the General Assembly of Virginia, setion 22.1-201 of the Code of Virginia, related to the study of documents of Virginia history, was amended to include the Bill of Rights and reenacted as follows: 22.1-201. Study of documents of Virginia history and United States Constitution. The Declaration of American Independence, the gener principles of the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights (emphasis added), the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, the charters of April 10, 1606, May 23, 1609, and March 12, 1612, of The Virginia Company, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights shall be thoroughly explained and taught by teachers to pupils in public elementary, middle, and high schools. Emphasis shall be given to the citizenship responsibilities inherent in the rights included in these documents. Written examinations as to each of such documents shall be given. The History and Social Science Standards of Learning and the recently completed History and Social Science Teacher Resource Guide reference the Bill of Rights at various grade levels, with specific emphasis devoted to the Bill of Rights at grades four, five, six, and eleven. In addition, instruction focused on the Bill of Rights should be included in civics and government classes when studying the Constitution of the United States. Should you or your staff have questions regarding the implementation of this section of the Code of Virginia, please contact Harvey Carmichael at (804) 225-2891 or Joan Spence at (804) 786-7076. PDS/hrc Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.