In a scathing Post editorial on the Our Virginia: Past and Present debacle, Loudoun schools come out somewhat clean, the SOLs not so much. Kudos to LCPS for appearing decisive, although what our district does to really address the issues of quality textbooks will be more important than just pulling questionable resources from classrooms after the fact.
The Washington Post, however, does highlight an idea LCPS should consider, especially since it requires it of its own students: checking references! Virginia's superintendent of public instruction Patricia I. Wright says that Virginia will require, in the future, that "publishers provide documentation on the accuracy of their products." Actually, I thought this would be a given. Whenever I pick up a professional journal article, the first thing I do is flip to the back and scan the bibliography. Same for student papers. It gives me a starting point for assessing the ideas in the work.
I would have thought our state's vetting process included the same starting point, whether formally or informally. This is another step we all can do to improve our system.