Selection of Materials for Instruction and
Fine Arts Presentations
The district is committed to maintaining a positive learning environment, and encouraging intellectual freedom by providing a wide range of educationally appropriate materials for both instruction and fine arts presentations. Materials will reflect diversity of appeal and different points of view. Further, the district is committed to providing a process for review of those materials alleged to be inappropriate.
Selection of Materials for Instruction and
Fine Arts Presentation
The responsibility for the selection of instructional materials and materials used in fine arts presentations is delegated to the certificated staff employed by the school district. While the selection process involves the gathering of necessary and appropriate input from involved staff, the responsibility for monitoring and/or coordinating the selection process and making recommendation for purchase rests with the building administrator. For the purpose of this regulation materials for instruction and fine arts presentations includes materials used to implement, support and enrich the curriculum.
The criteria to be used in selection of materials are:
Procedure for Selection
Any resident or employee of the school district may raise an objection to instructional and fine arts materials used in the district's educational program on the basis of its educational appropriateness. The procedure is outlined as follows:
1. The staff member receiving a complaint regarding instructional materials shall try to resolve the issue informally. The materials shall remain in use. The staff member initially receiving the complaint shall:
2. In the event that the objection to material is not satisfied informally, the person raising the question should be referred to someone designated by the principal to handle such complaints or to the school media specialist for that attendance center. If the complainant desires to file a formal complaint, the person will be given a Reconsideration Request Form.
3. The individual receiving the initial complaint shall advise the school principal of the initial contact no later than the end of the following school day, whether or not the complainant has apparently been satisfied by the initial contact. A written record of the contact shall be maintained by the principal.
Request for Reconsideration
Each school and the central administration office will keep on hand and make available Reconsideration Request Forms. All formal objections to instructional materials shall be made on this form.
The Reconsideration Request Form shall be signed by the complainant and filed with the Superintendent or designee.
Within five (5) school days from receipt of the "Request for Reconsideration" in the superintendent's office, the Reconsideration Committee will be convened to deal with the issues raised. The following will constitute this Committee:
The superintendent's designee will chair the Committee and be a nonvoting member. A secretary will be appointed to keep minutes of record to be used in the development of the written decision.
The Committee shall first meet each year before the end of September. At the first meeting, the Committee will be instructed on the selection policy and process and issues related to intellectual freedom. Subsequent meetings will be called as needed.
The Committee shall receive all Reconsideration Request Forms from the Superintendent or person designated by the Superintendent.
The procedure for the first meeting following receipt of a Reconsideration Request form is as follows:
The Committee shall consider testimony from the complainant, professionally prepared reviews of the materials when available, and input from others with special knowledge as may be requested by the Committee.
Within twenty (20) school days from receipt of the "Request for Reconsideration", the Committee shall arrive at a decision by consensus and forward that written decision to the Superintendent, to the complainant, and to the appropriate attendance centers. The Committee’s final decision will be :
Committee members directly associated with the selection, use, or challenge of the materials shall be excused from the Committee during the deliberation on such materials. The Superintendent may appoint a temporary replacement for the excused Committee member, but such replacement shall be of the same general qualifications of that person excused.
If not satisfied with the decision, any person may request that the matter be placed on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.
Any person dissatisfied with the decision of the board may appeal to the State Board of Education pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 290.
Form: Adm. Reg. 603.3 (Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials)
This page was last updated on May 10, 2011.