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El Dorado Union HSD |  BP  1312.2  Community Relations

Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials, Courses Of Study, And Topics Of Instruction   

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Board-Adopted Materials/Topics of Instruction

The Governing Board uses a comprehensive process to adopt district instructional materials that is based on selection criteria established by law and Board policy and includes opportunities for involvement of parents/guardians and community members. 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 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.

Complainants are encouraged to accept the Superintendent's or review committee's decision. However, if the complainant finds that decision unsatisfactory, he/she may appeal the decision to the Board.

(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 (AR 1312.4).

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)

Non Board-Adopted Materials/Topics of Instruction

The Board permits and encourages the study of controversial topics when the study is objective and scholarly. Some members of the community may believe controversial topics to conflict with generally accepted moral, political, and intellectual views. The Board desires that members of the school community work together to resolve complaints in an informal manner at the school site level.

In addition, teachers are encouraged to use supplementary, non-Board adopted materials and/or specific topics to accomplish Board adopted policies and curricular goals.

Non Board-adopted materials/topics of instruction have not been reviewed through the extensive district adoption process. Library materials are carefully reviewed and selected in accordance with the Library Material Selection Policy (see AR 6161.11). Materials are selected to serve the breadth of the curriculum and the needs and specific interests of all students with individual learning styles and multiple intelligences. The library provides a wide range of materials on all levels of difficulty, in a variety of formats with diversity of appeal, representing the presentation of many different points of view.

Legal Reference:


18111 Exclusion of books by governing board

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: February 4, 1992 Placerville, California

revised: August 8, 2006