HAMPTON, Va. — During the commemoration of the First African Landing in Hampton on Saturday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced he signed an executive order that creates a commission on African American History Education in Virginia.
Executive order 39 establishes a commission that will review Virginia's history standards, and instructional practices, and resources used to teach African American history.
The Executive Order tasks the Commission with issuing a report no later than July 1, 2020, with recommendations for improving the student experience, including but not limited to:
- Technical edits to and recommendations for enriched standards related to African American history;
- Broader considerations for the full history and social studies standards review process; and
- Necessary professional development and instructional supports for all teachers to ensure culturally competent instruction.
Read more about the commission here.