RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's Department of Education is
proposing guidelines for local school divisions to use in reviewing
textbooks that aren't authorized by the state.
The guidelines are similar to the state's revised
textbook-review procedures, which the state Board of Education
recently approved. The board is accepting public comment on the
proposed guidelines until Aug. 1.
State law allows school districts to choose their own textbooks.
They might want to use new editions that have yet to be approved by
the state or offer programs, such as Advanced Placement or elective
courses, that don't have state-approved textbooks.
The state revised its review process after two fourth- and
fifth-grade history textbooks were discovered last year to have
significant errors. The books by Five Ponds Press were subsequently
removed from the state's approved-textbook list.
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