COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 006

December 7, 2007

REGULATORY

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Local Adoption of 6-12 English and Literature, K-12 Mathematics, and Foreign Language Textbooks and Instructional Materials

 

 

The Constitution of Virginia gives the Virginia Board of Education authority to adopt textbooks and instructional materials for use in the public schools of Virginia. To fulfill its duty, in 2005 the Board adopted science 6-12 English and Literature, K-12 Mathematics, and Foreign Language textbooks instructional materials. Many local school boards have now selected materials to meet local needs from these lists of adopted materials.

 

As stated in the Code of Virginia, 8VAC20-230-20, http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+reg+8VAC20-230-20, the local adoptions must be reported to the Department of Education.

 

Forms to report the 6-12 English and Literature, K-12 Mathematics, and Foreign Language textbooks are attached. Please check the appropriate box for each grade or course and return this form to Beverly Thurston by February 1, 2008.

 

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 also attached.

 

For more information, please consult the textbook adoption page on the Department website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/mat_review_main.html or contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator, textbook adoption, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

 

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Attachments

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/reg006a.doc

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/reg006b.doc

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/reg006c.doc

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/reg006d.doc