1312.2 – Community Relations – Public Activities Involving Staff, Students and School Facilities – Complaints Concerning Instructional Material

Policy – x
Regulation –
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Adopted – 7/7/1994
Revised – 12/7/2017

The Governing Board takes great care in the adoption of instructional materials and is aware that all adopted materials may not be acceptable to all students, their parents/guardians, or other District residents.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures that will permit proper consideration of any complaints against the use of any instructional materials, including textbooks, supplementary textbooks, library books, and other instructional materials and equipment.

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.

The Board’s decision in any such case will be based on educational suitability and will not be influenced by a desire to suppress information or deny students access to ideas with which the Board disagrees.

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
60040–60052 Instructional requirements and materials
60119 Public hearing on sufficiency of materials
60200-60212 Selection and adoption of materials
60226 Requirements for publishers and manufacturers
60400–60411 High school textbooks
60510–60511 Donation of sales of obsolete instructional materials
Management Resources:
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAM ADVISORIES
Standards for Evaluation of Instructional Materials for Social Content, 2013 edition

WEB SITES
CSBA: http://www.csba.org
California Department of Education, Curriculum and Instruction: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci

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