Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials

MJUSD
DIVISION 1000
COMMUNITY RELATIONS

COMPLAINTS CONCERNING INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

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 which 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
60000 Power of governing board to select instructional materials
60040-60047 Content requirements for instructional materials
60200-60206 Elementary school materials - selection and adoption
60002 Involvement of teachers, parents and community in instructional material selection
60400 Secondary school textbooks - selection and adoption

First Reading: 10/11/00

Governing Board Adoption: 11/8/00

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