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3000 Series - Educational Programs » 3210 Parental Inspection and Objection to Instructional Materials

3210 Parental Inspection and Objection to Instructional Materials

In Wilkes County Board of Education policy 3200, Selection of Textbooks and Supplementary Materials, the Board of Education established a process for the selection of instructional materials that should meet State Board of Education requirements and the educational goals of the Wilkes County School Board of Education.
 
The Board of Education recognizes that parents still may have concerns about instructional materials used in the school district. To further involve parents in the education of their children, the Board of Education also provides opportunities for parents to review instructional materials and to object to the use of materials.
 
Parents have a right under federal law to inspect all instructional and supplementary materials used in connection with any applicable federally funded programs. Parents also may review all other instructional materials following procedures provided by the school or superintendent.
 
A Parent’s Request for Reconsideration of Educational Materials may be submitted to the principal regarding the use of instructional materials. No action will be taken prior to receipt of a completed and signed Parent’s Request for Reconsideration of Educational Materials. The principal will notify the superintendent and the Director of Media of the complaint and establish a committee to review the objection. While input from the community is appreciated, the Board of Education believes professional educators are in the best position to determine whether a particular instructional material is appropriate for the age and maturity of the students and correlates with the subject matter being taught. The challenged material will remain in active circulation until a final ruling on the complaint is made. The decision of the school media and technology advisory committee will apply only to the school in which the challenge originated.
 
FIRST LEVEL OF APPEAL
 
The school media and technology advisory committee will review the material and present a written report to the superintendent and Director of Media. The school media and technology advisory committee shall:
 
• Review the challenged material.
• Survey appraisals of the materials in professional reviewing sources.
• Weigh merits against alleged faults to form opinions based on the material as a whole and not on passages isolated from context, based on stated selection criteria.
• Meet to discuss the material and prepare a report within 15 school days after receipt of the formal written complaint.
• File a copy of the report with the principal, the superintendent, Director of Media, and the complainant within five school days after the meeting.
• Retain or withdraw the challenged materials upon completion of the hearing process.
 
If the principal or the committee determines that any material violates constitutional or other legal rights of the parent or student, the principal or the committee will either remove the material from  instructional use or accommodate the particular student or parent. Before any material is removed, the principal or the committee will ensure that the curriculum is still aligned with the state mandated curriculum and articulated from grade to grade. If an objection made by a parent or student is not based upon constitutional or legal rights, the principal or the committee may accommodate such objections after considering the effect on curriculum, any burden on the school, teacher or other students that the accommodation would create, and any other relevant factors.
 
The decision of the committee or principal may be appealed to the superintendent. The decision of the system level review committee will apply only to the school in which the challenge originated.
 
SECOND LEVEL OF APPEAL
 
The superintendent or the complainant may reject the report of the school media and technology advisory committee and move to the second level of appeal. In such case the superintendent, with approval of the Board of Education, shall appoint a system level review committee composed of professional educators in the school system within the subject or grade level challenged , a representative of the school media and technology advisory committee (where the complaint originated), a principal, a media specialist, and any others he/she deems fit. After appropriate review by the system level committee, the superintendent shall report its findings to the complainant. The procedure shall be as follows:
 
• If the complainant is not satisfied with the school media and technology advisory committee decision, he/she may file an appeal with the superintendent within 15 school days of the committee's decision.
• This committee will review and render a written decision within 15 school days.
• This committee may call any individuals they desire to testify including members of the original school media and technology advisory committee.
• Challenged material(s) will be retained or withdrawn upon completion of this process.
 
The decision of the superintendent may be appealed to the Board of Education.
 
THIRD LEVEL OF APPEAL
 
The complainant has the right to appeal any decision to the Board of Education for final review. The procedure shall be as follows:
 
• If the controversy is unsettled at the system review committee level, then the Board of Education will be the third and final level of appeal.
• The complainant may file an appeal with the Board of Education within 15 school days of the system level review committee's decision.
• The appeal will be heard at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education.
• The Board of Education may make a decision at that time or schedule additional hearing dates as needed. 
• Challenged material(s) will be retained or withdrawn upon completion of this process.
• Any action taken by the Board of Education will state how the decision rendered applies to other schools within the system.
 
 
 
Legal References: U.S. Const. amend. I; 20 U.S.C. :ә 1232h (Supp. 1995); N.C. Const. art. I, :ә 14; G.S. 115C-45, -47, -81, -101
Cross References: Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000), Curriculum Development (policy 3100), Selection of Textbooks and Supplementary Materials (policy 3200)
Adopted: January 9, 2006
Revised: July 3, 2006, April 6, 2009, April 4, 2011
 
 
 
Parent’s Request for Reconsideration of Educational Materials
 
Type of Media: Book, Film, Recording, Video, Other (please specify): 
Title:
Author/Artist/Composer/Producer, etc:
Publisher:
Name of School Owning Challenged Material:
Location of Challenged Material (Classroom, Media Center, etc.):
Request Initiated by:
Telephone:
Address:
City:
Zip Code:
 
1. Have you read the book, viewed the program, or listened to the media in its entirety? 
 
2. To what in the item do you object? (Be specific; cite page numbers and paragraphs, specific clips, etc.)
 
3. Is this objectionable material found throughout the book or is it an isolated occurrence within the material?
 
4. Did your child choose this material independently? 
 
5. What do you feel might be the result of reading, viewing, or listening to this item? 
 
6. What might be the educational benefit of this material? 
 
7. For what age group would you recommend this item?
 
8. Are you aware of the professional or journal reviews given this material?
 
9. What do you believe is the theme and purpose of this item?
 
10. What would you like your school to do about this item?
 
Do not assign it to my child.
Please assign another approved title.
Withdraw it from all students within the school as well as from my child.
Make it available only to those who wish to use it.
 
11. In its place, what item of equal literary value would you recommend to convey a realistic picture and perspective of our society?
 
Signature of Complainant:
Date: