Instructional Materials Selection


The procedure for handling objections to instructional materials verbally or in writing is as follows:

I.            Staff members receiving complaints should notify the principal in writing and include the following details:

A.   Name of complainant.

B.    Author and title of material in question.

C.    The specific material to which he/she objects.

II.          The Principal shall send the form entitled “Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials” to the complainant who will complete and return the form to the Principal.

III.        The Principal will notify the Superintendent who, in turn, will schedule a meeting of the Instructional Materials Reconsideration Committee.

IV.        The Instructional materials Reconsideration Committee will:

A.   Read and Examine referred materials.

B.    Check general acceptance of the materials by reading reviews.

C.    Reexamine the material in light of selection criteria.

D.   Weigh values and faults, determine acceptability based on the material as a whole and not on passages pulled out of context.

E.    Notify the complainant that he/she may request a meeting with the committee.

F.    Issue a decision report within one month of receipt of the form.

G.    Forward copies of the decision report to the complainant, to the principal and to the Superintendent of Schools.

V.          Appeal procedures:

A.   The complainant has a right to appeal the decision of the committee to the Superintendent’s Review Committee.

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