COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 8

October 17, 2003

REGULATORY

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Local Adoption of History and Social Science Textbook and Instructional Materials

 

The Constitution of Virginia gives the Board of Education authority to adopt textbooks and instructional materials for use in the public schools of Virginia. To fulfill its duty, this year the Board adopted a multiple list of History and Social Science textbooks and instructional materials for each core course in grades K-12. Many local school boards are now in the process of selecting materials to meet local needs from this multiple listing.

 

Following the announcement of the adoption list and a period of up to seven months in which localities may examine and select materials from the list, the local adoptions must be reported to the Department of Education, 8VAC20-230-20, http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+reg+8VAC20-230-20.

 

A form to report the History and Social Science textbook and instructional materials adoptions is attached. Please check the appropriate box for each grade or course and return this form to Beverly Thurston by November 15, 2003.

 

In addition, the Code of Virginia also states that any local school board may use textbooks not approved by the board, provided the school board selects the books in accordance with the regulations put forth by the Board of Education in 8VAC20-230-30, http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+reg+8VAC20-230-30. School divisions must report textbooks and instructional materials they have adopted that are not approved by the Board of Education. A form to report these materials is attached.

 

For more information, please consult the textbook adoption page on the department Web site at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/mat_review_main.html or contact Beverly Thurston (bthursto@pen.k12.va.us), specialist, history and social science, Office of Middle Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2893.

 

 

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Attachments

 

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/reg008a.doc

 

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/reg008b.pdf