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The board has sole discretion to approve instructional materials for the school district. The board delegates this authority to licensed employees to determine which instructional materials, other than textbooks, will be utilized by the school district. The Superintendent or Designee will provide licensed employees necessary training to ensure selected instructional materials comply with applicable laws. All instructional materials are available for review upon request and subject to all applicable laws.

In reviewing current instructional materials for continued use and in selecting additional instructional materials, licensed employees will consider the current and future needs of the school district as well as the changes and the trends in education and society. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent or Designee to report to the board the action taken by licensed employees.

In the case of textbooks, the board will make the final decision after receiving a recommendation from the superintendent. The criteria stated above for selection of other instructional materials will apply to the selection of textbooks. The superintendent may develop another means for the selection of textbooks. Textbooks are reviewed as needed.

Education materials gifted to the school district must meet the criteria established above. The gift must be received in compliance with board policy.

The Superintendent or Designee will establish additional criteria to guide the selection of instructional materials through administrative regulation, ensuring alignment with educational goals and compliance with laws.

Legal Reference:

Iowa Code §§ 279.8; .74; 280.3, .14; 301.
281 I.A.C. 12.3(12).

Cross Reference:

208 Ad Hoc Committees

Approved: July 1, 1989

Reviewed: October 17, 2022

Revised: November 7, 2022