Va. history & U.S. Constitution; Federalist Papers are required to be taught & explained to student. (HB1660)

Introduced By

Del. Tag Greason (R-Potomac Falls)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Study of documents relating to Virginia history and the United States Constitution; Federalist Papers. Adds the Federalist Papers to a list of documents relating to Virginia history and the United States Constitution that are required to be explained and taught to students in public elementary, middle, and high schools. The bill requires the study of each such document to be incorporated into the appropriate Standards of Learning. The bill also requires the Department of Education to report biennially to the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education and Health on how such documents have been incorporated into the appropriate Standards o Learning and into curricula. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101328D
01/05/2017Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2017Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
01/18/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/20/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1660)
01/23/2017Reported from Education (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2017Read first time
01/25/2017Passed by for the day
01/26/2017Passed by for the day
01/27/2017Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
01/27/2017Rereferred to Education
02/07/2017Left in Education


Deborah Grotenhuis writes:

It astonishes me that this important primary source document was not included along with the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and the Constitution as being essential to the understanding of this nation's history. And people wonder why this generation has lower levels of involvement and interest in civics. Don't forget to include the arguments by equally intelligent people found in the Anti-Federalist papers. This is why people pull their kids out of public schools.