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Questioned or Challenged Materials

The Board of Trustees recognizes and accepts its responsibility to review and adopt all courses offered and basic texts used in the district. The Board also recognizes that learning materials other than basic texts are used in many courses and it has adopted procedures which placed the responsibility for their selection and review at the school level. Notwithstanding the best of efforts on the parts of the Board and staff to select materials which are consistent with the stated intentions of the adopted courses, the Board is aware of the rights and responsibilities of parents/guardians and other community members to challenge the appropriateness of any materials used in district programs. To this end this policy is adopted to provide a process for a timely and reasoned review of challenged materials.

General Provisions

1. Each question or challenge shall be limited to a single instructional material.

2. The criteria used to determine the validity of a challenge or question shall be the same criteria used in the selection of an instructional material.

3. The review process shall be implemented in a prompt and expeditious manner.

4. The questioned or challenged material will be maintained in use until the review process is completed.

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

60226 Requirements for publishers and manufacturers

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 SAN MATEO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: July 15, 2010 San Mateo, California