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The Virginia Department of Education has taken a long-term approach to updating historical standards, including scheduling community engagement sessions and public hearings, but the department has made no significant changes to the content of the draft and plans to do so. There is no

State Board of Education member and former state education secretary Ann Holton said at a meeting Wednesday that she expected the education department to cut the draft significantly based on what it knows so far and further input. I asked if there was

Christonya Brown, history and social sciences coordinator for the State Department of Education, said, “We do not anticipate any significant content changes or deletions.

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“Through our public comments and working with committees, what we saw was to make other people’s events and cultures more expansive and more inclusive. We also don’t anticipate any major content removals.”

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Brown submitted the updated timeline to the board Wednesday afternoon. The new timeline follows State Education Superintendent Gillian Burrow’s push in August to urge the Board to allow more time before an initial thorough review of the proposed standards. .

The department plans community engagement sessions and hearings on learning standards in history and social sciences over the next few months.

Mr Holton asked: [in August]?

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“So you didn’t expect that content to be significantly reduced or added before the community engagement session?”

“Draft to submit for consideration in initial review [in November] Is it the same content, or is it a reflection of updates based on previous sessions?” asked Holton.

Brown said that if state education officials make any changes as a result of community sessions, they will do their best to make them part of the initial review that the Department of Education will prepare in November.

The agency plans to submit the standards to the board for final approval in January, about two months after the original timeline.

Department staff and unidentified consultants are currently working on elements of the project, which will create the standard documentation and curriculum framework for each course. The framework documentation divides the content into columns organized by comprehension, support questions, knowledge and learning experience categories.

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Next month, the Education department will continue to work with senior executives to review standards and frameworks and schedule three in-person community engagement sessions. The agency said in November he will schedule two in-person community engagement sessions and submit an initial review to the board, followed by a public hearing in the first week of December. In December he has one virtual community engagement session scheduled.

Brown said the department is considering closing registrations for community engagement sessions at 100 people.

The department then submits the standards to the school board for final review at its January meeting.

State law requires the Department of Education and state boards of education to review the subject areas of learning standards at least once every seven years. First published in 1995, the department and board reviewed the learning standards for history and social sciences in 2001, 2008, and 2015.

Proposed changes to historical standards include expanding U.S. history classes on the civil rights movement and the Holocaust, and introducing Sikhism as the primary world religion in high school world history and geography classes.

Prior to the August meeting, Balow recommended that the standards “receive further development and input from Virginians and national experts.” She also wanted to give the five new school board members more time to review the draft and fix draft corrections and typos.

Senator Gazala Hashmi, a Chesterfield Democrat, criticized Barrow for seeking input from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington-based conservative think tank, at a press conference last month.

“What I suspect is the real intention of the delay is to revise the standards through a particular lens. [Gov. Glenn] A special administration aimed at whitewashing the history of the Youngkin administration, its corporate partners, and ours, and not allowing them to more fully express the rich diversity that is part of American tradition and history. Interest groups.The chairman of the Senate Public Education Subcommittee said last month:

In the first executive order signed on Jan. 15, when Youngkin took office, he called for an “end to the use of inherently divisive concepts” in K-12 public education in Virginia.

A revision of the current historical standards began during the government of the time. Ralph Northam administration. The revision process received over 5,000 public comments. The Department of Education has also worked with several committees made up of students, teachers, historians, professors, museums, school administrators, etc. to produce a nearly 400-page standard draft.

The public comment deadline is September 25th.