RICHMOND – Want to teach civics, government or history in Virginia?
Prove it, lawmakers said today.
The House Education Committee this morning unanimously approved a bill to require some teachers to demonstrate they know Virginia history in order to renew their teaching license.
SB1345 applies to middle school civics and economics teachers as well as high school government and history teachers. They may satisfy the requirement by taking an online course developed several years ago, said the bill’s patron, Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax County.
The bill passed the Senate earlier this month. It requires teachers to prove either they know Virginia history or understand how its government works.
-Kathy Adams, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot