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Elk Grove USD  |  BP  1312.2  Community Relations

Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials   

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The Board of Education takes great care in the adoption or use of instructional materials, but it is aware that all instructional materials may not be acceptable to all students, their parents or guardians, or other District residents. The Board of Education 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 the involvement of district staff, 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)

The Superintendent shall develop a regulation which will permit proper consideration of any complaints against use of any instructional materials, including textbooks, supplementary textbooks, library books, and other instructional materials and equipment.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss any concerns regarding instructional materials with their child's teacher. If dissatisfied, the complainant is encouraged to discuss the concern with the school principal. If the situation remains unresolved, a complaint may be filed using the process specified in Administrative Regulation 1312.2.

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

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 Superintendent shall render a decision. If the complainant is not satisfied by the Superintendent's decision, the complainant may appeal the Superintendent's determination to the Board of Education. Such appeal shall be filed within thirty days. The Superintendent shall present to the Board of Education a complete statement of the circumstances concerning the complaint at that meeting. The Board of Education may either confirm the Superintendent's decision, direct further review by the administration, or take other action it deems appropriate.

The Board of Education will not allow political party affiliation, racial prejudice, a desire to suppress ideas, or an intent to deny student access to ideas with which the Board of Education disagrees, to influence its decision in any such case. The District's decision shall be based on educational suitability of the materials and the criteria established in Board Policy 6161.1 and Administrative Regulation 6161.1.

Complaints related to sufficiency of textbooks or instructional materials shall be resolved pursuant to the District's Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures in 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:

EDUCATION CODE:

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 - selection and adoption

60226 Requirements for publishers and manufacturers

60262 Involvement of teacher, parents, and community in instructional material selection

60400-60411 High school textbooks

60510-60511 Donation of sale of obsolete instructional materials

Management Resources:

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAM ADVISORIES

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

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

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

Web Sites:

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, Curriculum and Instruction: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci

Policy ELK GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: October 1, 1984 Elk Grove, California

revised: May 7, 1990

revised: June 19, 1995

revised: September 18, 2007