File:  IJ - Instructional Resources and Materials

NOTE:  While Colorado school districts are not required by law to adopt a policy on this subject, some content in this sample reflects legal requirements school districts must follow. This sample contains the content/language that CASB believes best meets the intent of the law. However, the district should consult with its own legal counsel to determine appropriate language that meets local circumstances and needs.

This policy is intended to replace former policies IJJ, Textbook Selection and Adoption; IJK, Supplementary Materials Selection and Adoption; and IJL, Library Materials Selection and Adoption.

As the governing body of the school district, the Board is legally responsible for the selection of instructional materials. Since the Board is a policymaking body, it delegates to the district's professional personnel the authority for the selection of instructional and library materials in accordance with this policy.

Instructional materials for school classrooms and school libraries shall be selected by the appropriate professional personnel in consultation with the administration, teachers and students. Final decision on purchase shall rest with the superintendent or designee, subject to approval by the Board. All instructional resources and materials shall be aligned with the district's academic standards and support the district's educational objectives.

All textbooks, library materials and other instructional resources and materials shall be available for inspection by students' parents/guardians.

(Adoption date)

LEGAL REFS.:  C.R.S. 22-32-109 (1)(t) (Board duty to determine educational programs and prescribe textbooks)

C.R.S. 22-32-110 (1)(r) (Board power to exclude immoral or pernicious materials and books)

C.R.S. 22-54-105 (1) (budgeting for instructional supplies and materials)

CROSS REFS.:  DB, Annual Budget, and subcodes

IMB, Teaching about Controversial Issues and Use of Controversial Materials

KEC, Public Concerns/Complaints about Instructional Resources

[Revised April 2014]