Superintendent's Memo #005-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

January 15, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Public Comment Period for K-12 History and Social Science Textbooks and Instructional Materials

On January 14, 2010, the Virginia Board of Education accepted for first review lists of recommended textbooks for K-12 History and Social Science. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has provided these lists on its website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2010/01_jan/agenda_items/item_j.pdf.

The Virginia Board of Education is now seeking public comment on these textbooks and intends to review and approve lists of recommended textbooks and instructional materials for use in the public schools in the Commonwealth. Lists of adopted textbooks will be made available on the Department’s website following the Board of Education’s action on the recommended textbooks. It is anticipated that the Board of Education will act on the recommended lists in March 2010.

Review copies of all textbooks submitted for the current adoption cycle are available for public examination at various sites around the Commonwealth between January 15, 2010, and February 19, 2010.

The local examination sites include:
The College of William and Mary
Old Dominion University
George Mason University
James Madison University
Radford University
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Longwood University
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

A list of specific contacts and locations for each of the review sites may be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/textbooks/review_process/locations.shtml.

Individuals are invited to examine the proposed textbooks at the examination sites and to submit written comments. Comments on the proposed K-12 History and Social Science Textbooks and Instructional Materials List may be faxed to the VDOE at (804) 786-1597 or sent via mail to Beverly Thurston, history coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120. Comments may also be e-mailed to historytext@doe.virginia.gov. The Department of Education will begin to take public comments on January 15, 2010. Comments will be received through February 19, 2010.

Questions regarding the review process should be directed to Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator for textbook adoption, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

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