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Errors force change in way Va. schools select texts

Virginia plans to change the way textbooks are chosen after embarrassing errors turned up in a history book used in state classrooms.

Tags: Fairfax County Public Schools , Prince William County Public Schools , Loudoun County Public Schools , Patricia Wright , Virginia State Board of Education , Ken Bassett , Five Ponds Press , Hank Silverberg

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 07:30pm EST

Do your children's textbooks make the grade?

Students are expected to provide correct answers to questions on their state-mandated exams. So what happens when their textbooks are teaching them the wrong answers?

Tags: Virginia Department of Education , Washington Post , Five Ponds Press , American History Association , Joy Masoff , Jim Grossman , James Loewen

Wednesday - 12/29/2010, 07:52pm EST

Textbook authors know it: Their books are boring

Textbook authors are changing how they disseminate information. More information is being put into e-text readers.

Tags: e-text , Kate Ryan , Montgomery County schools , Marty Creel

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 08:51am EST

Textbook with Civil War error pulled from classes

Loudoun County Public Schools says it has suspended the use of "Our Virginia: Past and Present," after the Virginia Department of Education issued a memo, warning that a passage about thousands of African-Americans fighting for the Confederacy was "outside the mainstream of Civil War scholarship."

Tags: Va. Department of Education , Civil War

Friday - 10/22/2010, 05:20pm EDT