Standards of Learning; instruction on dangers and victims of communism. (HB1816)

Introduced By

Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton) with support from co-patron Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dangers and victims of communism; recognition; Standards of Learning and programs of instruction. Requires the Governor to annually issue a proclamation setting the seventh day of November as Victims of Communism Day and requiring such day to be suitably observed in each public elementary and secondary school in the Commonwealth as a day honoring the approximately 100 million individuals who have fallen victim to communist regimes around the world and to be suitably observed by a public exercise in the Capitol and elsewhere as the Governor may designate in such proclamation. The bill also requires the Board of Education to include in the history and social science Standards of Learning and each school board to emphasize in its Standards-aligned program of instruction the study of the dangers of communism. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23102396D
01/10/2023Referred to Committee on Education
01/24/2023Assigned Education sub: Early Childhood/Innovation
01/24/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1816)
01/25/2023House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
01/27/2023Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Rules
01/30/2023Referred from Education
01/30/2023Referred to Committee on Rules
01/31/2023Reported from Rules (14-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2023Read first time
02/03/2023Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2023Read third time and passed House (64-Y 36-N)
02/06/2023VOTE: Passage (64-Y 36-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2023Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2023Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/2023Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)


Ron Quasebarth writes:

This awareness is so needed in our state and country. Anyone in doubt should take a look at Victims of Communism's website filled with documentation of the genocides and much more.
Thanks for this.

BilltheThrill writes:

Will the Fabian socialists and governmentarians vote it down? We have plenty of them.

Lou Di Leonardo writes:

Communism has killed more people than every plague and war combined, and I'm talking about under just those regimes that were obvious like under Stalin, Mao, Krushchev, the Kims of N. Korea, Pol Pot, Hitler (yes, Nazis are communism lite), etc. It is designed to establish a ruling junta that gets fantastically rich off the backs of everyone else. Their promise is to provide for "all needs" but the cost is abject obedience. Today's kids need to know how unfailingly evil this kind of dictatorship is and how much human misery it has caused every single time it was in power. Don't hide the facts from tomorrow's American breadwinners and leaders,

Michael William Albin writes:

An excellent biil. It guarantees that students are taught the history and goals of totalitarian movements. I suggest everyone watch the movie "Mr. Jones, The Truth Can't Be Hidden Forever." (adult content)

David Ashby writes:

Indeed. The evils of communism and all similar ideologies (including Fabian socialism and national socialism) which share the same Benthamite philosophical roots are the greatest danger our society faces today.

They have killed many orders of magnitude more people than drugs, guns, and car accidents combined. More people have died at the hands of Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and assorted smaller scale actors than have been killed by everyone else in history put together.

I agree with Lou above too, that these ideologies are deliberate confidence tricks. They were proposed and designed by people who always intended to use them to centralize power in ways that are not possible in free societies and they always intended that their hands, and no-one else's, would be firmly upon the levers of power.

Freedom, as intended by our nation's founders, is the system which best distributes wealth and allows all people to pursue their own hopes, dreams and aspirations. We have already fallen from grace to the extent that the system we now have is more monopoly capitalism than free market capitalism - very close to fascism as defined by Mussolini. But a descent into communism would simply exacerbate our current problems rather than solve them. Instead of a handful of super-size monopolies working hand-in-hand with the government to dominate and control signifiant portions of our economy and our society, we would have just one - the government itself - controlling every aspect of our existence. The people running things would largely be the same people and the results would not be dis-similar but in fact worse - the wealth and power imbalance would just tilt even more heavily toward the tiny handful who would have all the power - as has happened in every communist regime to date.