Challenged Library/Instructional Materials
Guiding Principles for Response to Challenge
- 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.
Request for Formal Reconsideration of Library/Instructional Materials
A complainant shall make any formal objection to an instructional resource on the form provided by the District and shall submit the completed and signed form to the principal. Upon receipt of the form, the principal shall appoint a reconsideration committee.
Informal Reconsideration of Library Materials
The school receiving a complaint about the appropriateness of an instructional resource shall try to resolve the matter informally using the following procedure:
- The principal or designee shall explain the school’s selection process, the criteria for selection, and the qualifications of the professional staff who selected the questioned resource.
- The principal or designee shall explain the intended educational purpose of the resource and any additional information regarding its use.
- If appropriate, the principal or designee may offer a concerned parent an alternative instructional resource to be used by that parent’s child in place of the challenged resource.
- If the complainant wishes to make a formal challenge, the principal or designee shall provide the complainant a copy of this policy and a form to request a formal reconsideration of the resource.