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Challenged Library Materials

Challenged Library Materials
A parent is entitled to review all instructional materials, including library resources, used in the classroom of the parent’s child. Weatherford ISD Libraries shall make instructional materials available for parental review and may specify reasonable hours for such review.
Weatherford ISD School Board Policy EF Legal
Texas Education Code 26.002

A parent of a District student, any employee, or any District resident may formally challenge an instructional resource used in the District’s educational program on the basis of appropriateness. 

Weatherford ISD School Board Policy EFA Local

Guiding Principles for Response to Challenge

The following principles shall guide Weatherford ISD Libraries in responding to challenges of instructional resources:

  • A complainant may raise an objection to an instructional resource used in a school’s educational program, despite the fact that the professional staff selecting the resources were qualified to make the selection, followed the proper procedure, and adhered to the objectives and criteria for instructional resources set out in this policy.
  • A parent’s ability to exercise control over reading, listening, or viewing matter extends only to his or her own children.
  • When instructional resources are challenged, the principles of the freedom to read, listen, and view must be defended as well.
  • Access to challenged materials shall not be restricted during the reconsideration process.

The major criterion for the final decision on challenged materials is the appropriateness of the material for its intended educational use. No challenged library material shall be removed solely because of the ideas expressed therein.When receiving a complaint about the appropriateness of an instructional resource Weatherford ISD Libraries shall try to resolve the matter informally according to Weatherford ISD School Board Policy EFA Local.

Request for Formal Reconsideration of Library Materials

All formal objections to instructional resources shall be made on the WISD Library Request for Reconsideration form. The form shall be completed and signed by the complainant and submitted to the principal or designee. Upon receipt of the request, the principal shall appoint a reconsideration committee.
Appeal of Reconsideration Request
The complainant may appeal the decision of the reconsideration committee in accordance with appropriate complaint policies, starting with the appropriate administrator. The appeal shall contain documentation of the informal reconsideration process .

Weatherford ISD School Board Policy EFA Local
Weatherford ISD School Board Policy EFA EXHIBIT