Virginia Del. David Englin, D-Alexandria, announced plans on Monday to introduce legislation to modify the state’s textbook review process.
The Washington Post first revealed in October that the state-approved textbook, “Our Virginia: Past and Present,” published by Five Ponds Press, makes the historically inaccurate claim that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War. Subsequent reviews by the state Department of Education have revealed other inaccuracies.
The Board of Education now approves textbooks that have been reviewed by teacher volunteers, but the legislation would require the board to certify textbook publishers.
“Like other parents throughout Virginia, I was shocked and appalled to discover that some of the textbooks used to teach our children are rife with basic factual errors, and it’s clear that the state’s process for reviewing textbooks is broken,” said Englin.