Virginia poised to mandate 'cultural competency' evaluation, black history training for teachers
[Just the News] A pair of bills that recently cleared the Virginia state legislature will mandate that all teachers in the state undergo "cultural competency" training, with history and social science teachers required to undertake additional training regarding African-American history.

The bills, one in the state House of Delegates and one in the Senate, would add "cultural competency" evaluations to the standard slate of regular evaluations to which teachers in the commonwealth are subject and require "each teacher and any other school board employee holding a license issued by the [state Board of Education] to complete cultural competency training, in accordance with guidance issued by the Board, at least every two years."

"Every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall complete instruction or training in cultural competency," the law states elsewhere.

The law also directs that "every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license with an endorsement in history and social sciences shall complete instruction in African American history, as prescribed by the Board."

The legislation does not define "cultural competency," leaving its ultimate definition subject to "guidance" issued by the state education board, nor does it clarify the scope or content of "African American history" that history teachers will be required to learn going forward.
Posted by: Besoeker 2021-02-21