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As America faces an unprecedented assault on our public education system, many seek to distort facts to manipulate public opinion on the rights and responsibilities of the stakeholders.

 

4 Public Education stands for the right of each child to an exceptional education, for parents to be active, involved participants, for our communities to engage in civil discourse without intimidation, and for our leadership to serve without fear or harm to themselves and their families. 

If you support our vision, please read and join with us by signing our “Education Bill of Rights.”

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DEADLINE:

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TO:

ISSUE or POLICY:

September 25, 2022

Public Comment 

Virginia Department of Education

African American History in Public School Curriculum Frameworks

4PE's POSITION:

Governor Glenn Youngkin, and his Department of Education, are attempting to quietly white wash Virginia history and subvert the will of the people of Virginia who want an honest and balanced curriculum for our public school students. The history and background of this issue is available at this link.  

We have analyzed the process and the already approved content to the Virginia History and Social Studies SOLs and that analysis can be found at this link.

By opening the SOL to another public comment period rather than continuing with the officially scheduled approval process, 4PE concludes that the Youngkin administration is attempting to remove references to the African American history curriculum explained in Executive Order 1.  Because this SOL will remain in effect for seven years, (the next revision is scheduled for 2029), it is important that we get this revision right.

This is why 4 Public Education encourages commenters to tell the Youngkin administration’s Board of Education that: 

  1. We want to retain the revised SOL with content that was approved by the BOE  in 2020 and that was retained after the official public comment period in 2021.  

  2. We stand for including a true and complete accounting of our Commonwealth’s history in our History and Social Studies curricula, and

  3. African American history is not divisive content, it is part of our history. 

Learn more about the Virginia History and Social Studies on the B4 the Bell blog.

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS:

  1. Review section by section the revised SOL and take notes on the points you want to make for each section. e.g. “Kindergarten” .  

  2. On the website  find the “Public Comment Google Form” link that corresponds to each section you are addressing and one by one fill out the form for that section. e.g. “Kindergarten”.  

  3. Helpful hint:  If you are interested in a specific topic you can search for a keyword in the revised SOL by using the ‘find’ feature in Word (the revised SOL document is a Word document). For example, if you search for the word “African” you will see 174 locations in the document where that word is highlighted. 

  4. Remember - In the revised document, the underlined text is what was added to the 2015 SOL version to create the 2022 version.  Much of what was added was based on recommendations by the Commission on African American History Education, and that content was approved by the Virginia Board of Education in 2020.  4 Public Education encourages commenters to advocate for the underlined text to be retained in the SOL document when it is implemented.

 

While individual specific comments may carry more weight, you may also simply write:

“I strongly support the SOL for history and social studies, with  the revised content that was approved by the DOE in 2020 and reject any attempt to perpetuate the mythology that the history of enslaved and formerly enslaved Virginians is either divisive or lacking in historical significance.”

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What Can I Do?

Four First Steps

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We're just getting started! Sign up for our email list, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and stay tuned as we add action items, rallies, resources and much more.

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Contact your School Board representative and let them know you are a constituent and you support public education. FCPS community, find your School Board and contact information here.

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Attend your local School Board meetings. Information on FCPS School Board meetings here

FCPS School Board Calendar

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Speak at a School Board meeting. Sign up for in person or recorded comments starting 4 days prior to each meeting. Spots are selected by lottery with a two minute time limit. FCPS Community Participation information and signups are here.

 
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