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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

FCPS Solicits Public Comment on Proposed New Social Studies Textbooks

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is soliciting community input on proposed new social studies textbooks for students in grades 5, 9 and 10 beginning Thursday, March 10, through Monday, March 28. The books will be available at eight Fairfax County public library branches.

Citizens are encouraged to review the proposed textbooks and complete comment sheets that will be forwarded to the Fairfax County School Board before it votes on the textbooks at its March 31 business meeting. The new textbooks will be phased in over the next three years beginning with the 2005-06 school year.

Textbook review committees composed of community members, administrators, and teachers met over the summer to review basal textbooks for social studies. In December, the School Board approved textbooks for U.S. history and government, but the world history books for grades 5, 9, and 10 were not approved and were recommended for further review. Public review of the newly recommended books is part of the process for selecting new textbooks.

The recommended texts will be available at the following eight Fairfax County regional libraries:

  • Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germaine Drive, Centreville.
  • Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly.
  • Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.
  • George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.
  • Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road , Burke
  • Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston.
  • Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane , Alexandria.
  • Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.

For more information, contact Sara Shoob , FCPS social studies coordinator, at 703-846-8647 or sara.shoob@fcps.edu.