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Carmel USD |  BP  1312.2  Community Relations

Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials   

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The Board of Education takes great care in the adoption of instructional materials. The adoption process is based on criteria set forth by law, Board policy and includes opportunities for review by parents/guardians and other District residents. Occasional objections may be made despite the care taken in selecting the materials most valuable for students and teachers. Complaints concerning the content or use of instructional materials, including textbooks, supplementary instructional materials, library materials, or other instructional materials and equipment shall be properly and fairly considered using the established complaint procedures.

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

Parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss any concerns regarding instructional materials with their child's teacher and/or the school principal. If the situation remains unresolved, a complaint may be filed using the process specified in the administrative regulation.

The district shall accept complaints concerning instructional materials only from staff, district residents, or the parents/guardians of children enrolled in a district school.

When deliberating upon challenged materials, the Superintendent and/or review committee shall consider the educational philosophy of the district, the professional opinions of teachers of the subject and of other competent authorities, reviews of the materials by reputable bodies, the teacher's stated objectives in using the materials, community standards, and the objections of the complainant.

The Board believes the Superintendent and staff are well qualified to consider complaints concerning instructional materials. Complainants are advised to consider and accept the Superintendent or designee's decision as final. However, if the complainant finds the decision of the Superintendent or designee unsatisfactory, he/she may request that the matter be placed on the agenda of a regular Board meeting.

(cf. 9322 - Agenda/Meeting Materials)

The district's decision shall be based on educational suitability of the materials and the criteria established in Board policy and administrative regulation.

(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9005 - Governance Standards)

When any challenged instructional material is reviewed by the district, it shall not be subject to further reconsideration for 12 months, unless the Superintendent determines that reconsideration is warranted.

Complaints related to sufficiency of textbooks or instructional materials shall be resolved pursuant to the district's Williams uniform complaint procedure at AR 1312.4.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)

Legal Reference:


18111 Exclusion of books by Board of Education

35010 Control of district; prescription and enforcement of rules

35186 Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures

44805 Enforcement of course of studies; use of textbooks, rules and regulations

51501 Subject matter reflecting on race, color, etc.

60000-60005 Instructional materials, legislative intent

60040-60048 Instructional requirements and materials

60119 Public hearing on sufficiency of materials

60200-60206 Elementary school materials

60226 Requirements for publishers and manufacturers

60400-60411 High school textbooks

60510-60511 Donation of sale of obsolete instructional materials

Management Resources:


1002.90 Selection of Instructional Materials, CIL: 90/91-02


Standards for Evaluation of Instructional Materials with Respect to Social Content, 1986 edition, revised 2001



California Department of Education, Curriculum and Instruction:


adopted: March 21, 2018 Carmel, California