Va. Gov. orders review of textbook process
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said Tuesday that he's ordered a full review of the state's textbook adoption process, in the wake of the discovery that a three-teacher state panel approved a history book for 4th grade use that included a claim that thousands of African-Americans fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Professional historians have said the claim -- which the author of "Our Virginia: Past and Present" has said she found using Internet resources largely written by the Sons of Confederate Veterans -- is not accurate.
In his first public comments on the textbook situation, McDonnell said on WTOP's Ask the Governor radio program that he was "very disappointed" to learn of the situation. He called the claim an "error" that is "outside the historical mainstream."
He noted that the textbook publisher has distributed stickers to teachers to cover up the inaccurate section of the book. He said teachers have said they like the remainder of the book but that the book should not have been approved for use in Virginia classrooms given the passage.
-- Rosalind Helderman
Read more about what Gov. Bob McDonnell said about Virginia's textbook review process on the Virginia Politics blog.
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