Superintendent's Memo #206-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

July 29, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Public Comment Period for Five Ponds Press History and Social Science  Textbooks

On July 28, 2011, the Virginia Board of Education accepted for first review the 2011 editions of two Five Ponds Press history and social science textbooks, Our Virginia:  Past and Present and Our America to 1865.  The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has provided background information regarding these two books on its Web site at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2011/07_jul/agenda_items/item_l.pdf.

The Virginia Board of Education is now seeking public comments on Our Virginia:  Past and Present and Our America to 1865 for a 30-day period, with the intent to bring to the Board a recommendation regarding approval of the two textbooks for final review on September 22, 2011.

Review copies of the 2011 editions of the two textbooks are available for public examination at various sites around the Commonwealth between July 29, 2011, and August 31, 2011:

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 two Five Ponds history and social science textbooks at the examination sites and to submit written comments.  Comments may be faxed to the VDOE at (804) 786-1597 or sent via mail to Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator for textbook adoption, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120.  Comments may also be e-mailed to VAUStextbooks@doe.virginia.gov.  The Department of Education will begin to take public comments on July 29, 2011.  Comments will be received through August 31, 2011.

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

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