Keep Truth and Democracy in our Public Education!

Due to overwhelming public pressure, Superintendent Jillian Balow released the names of groups and individuals she worked with to create the Youngkin standards and it's clear that she prioritizes non-Virginians with conservative political agendas. It's no wonder those standards are whitewashed, factually-inaccurate, and age-inappropriate.

On December 2nd, the Superintendent released the list of organizations she worked with including (but not limited to):

The Youngkin SOLs preface and standards should not inform our state’s K-12 history classes because:

  • They purposefully and explicitly exclude communities to teach a limited perspective. LGBTQIA+ communities were removed and most of the new and existing AAPI history is missing.  Despite including a heading called "Expansion, Civil War, and Reconstruction," Youngkin's standards hardly address Reconstruction at all and either emphasize White political leaders or passive voice with no actors. Content that was taught in Virginia for decades was also taken out, such as India and China in 3rd grade, and Indigenous leaders like Chief Powhatan and Pocahontas. These events, places, and people are too significant to be "accidentally" left out. 
  • They are not age-appropriate. K-3 standards focus on concepts and topics that are not developmentally appropriate for the students, such as the Code of Hammurabi, Sic semper tyrannis, and voter registration requirements.
  • They are written by divisive groups that are clearly pushing a far-right political agenda.

Tell the Virginia Board of Education to move forward with the Collaborative Standards, NOT the January SOLs, for review and public hearing by Thursday, Feburary 2, 2023. If you represent an organization, endorse the Collaborative Standards made by the VSSLC, VASCD, and AHA.

(ex: student, teacher, educator, concerned citizen, etc.)

To the Virginia Board of Education, Superintendent Balow, and Secretary of Education Guidera:

[your name will go here]

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