Superintendent’s Memo #181-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

July 27, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Public Comment Period for K-12 Science Textbooks

On July 26, 2012, the Virginia Board of Education accepted for first review the list of proposed recommended textbooks for K-12 science.  The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has provided this list on its Web site at

The Virginia Board of Education is now seeking public comment on these textbooks.  It intends to take final action on the recommended textbooks on September 27, 2012.  Review copies of all textbooks submitted for the current approval cycle are available for public examination at various sites around the Commonwealth.  The local examination sites include:

A list of specific contacts and locations for each of the review sites may be found at

Individuals are invited to examine the proposed recommended textbooks for K-12 Science at the examination sites and to submit written comments.  Comments may be faxed to the VDOE at (804) 786-1703 or sent via mail to Eric M. Rhoades, science coordinator, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120.  Comments may also be e-mailed to  The Department of Education will begin taking public comments on July 27, 2012.  Comments will be received through August 26, 2012.

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